MORGANTOWN — A Morgantown based business whose focus is physical fitness, is working to keep West Virginia children to stay in shape during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Cross-Fit Morgantown is working with representatives from the West Virginia Department of Education to create a virtual platform for children across the Mountain State. The goal is to continue physical fitness activities during the statewide stay-at-home order implemented during the outbreak.
“Now, more than ever, it is imperative to bring physical education to the students of West Virginia,” insisted Jeff Giosi, owner of Crossfit Morgantown.
CrossFit Morgantown is working with the State Department of Education to provide free assistance by way of online Physical Education classes to grades 3 – 12.
Students across the Mountain State will have access to free professionally led video classes that will be shared weekly to the CrossFit Morgantown YouTube page. These classes will focus on helping students meet the National Standards for Physical Education outcomes, and can be performed at home using minimal space requirements and little to no equipment.
“I can see how you can deliver regular classroom stuff via the Chromebook, but what are they doing for physical education,” Giosi explained the thought behind the classes. “I started doing a little digging and there wasn’t many resources out there,” Giosi said on WAJR’s Talk of the Town with Dave & Sarah.
Giosi added that keeping kids active both physically and mentally while keeping a schedule much like they would see if they were in school, have been found to be benficial long term. In keeping with the schedule, children are able to adapt to regular routine when it returns.
“Being able to fit fitness, being able to fit in self-care, being able to fit in all of that stuff into that routine,” he said.
West Virginia students have been out of school for weeks as the stay-at-home order implemented by Governor Jim Justice continues until at least April 20.