Treadmill desks now part of the classroom for middle school students

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FENTON, MO (KTVI) – A couple of physical education students at Rockwood South Middle School in Fenton are making huge strides when it comes to health.  It all started with some smart teachers.

Four years ago some Rockwood South middle School teachers applied and received a grant through the NFL’s  Field to Play 60 program. Pretty soon they were adding to their wish list.

“We came up with the ideas of having treadmill desks and under the table bikes and the kids sit on stability chairs.  So it kind of gives them a workout when they have to sit and do a little bit more of the book work.” said PE & Health Teacher Katie Seversen.

In 2014 Rockwood South was designated a St. Louis Rams character fitness model school. PE teacher Katie Seversen helped find funds to start a grab and go breakfast program, a new fitness trail with 20 exercise stations and a remodel of the school’s locker rooms. But, it’s the treadmill desks and under-the-table bikes that have everyone talking.

“I’m the kind of person who can’t sit still either so to ask kids to sit still for 90 minutes, we have 90 minute blocks is a long time for kids to sit.” said Katie Seversen.

Physical education teacher Katie Seversen has secured nine grants worth about $53,000.  It is all aimed at creating a healthy and active environment for students.

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