Motion Peers Reaching Others Through Motion

Through its P.R.O.Motion program, James Madison University is not only teaching elementary and middle school students about the importance of exercise, it’s laying the groundwork for lifestyle change. The program, which began in the fall of 1996, focuses on building self-esteem at a young age and relating feelings of self-confidence with being healthy. “With the sense of self-worth, individuals can gain the power to make positive lifestyle choices,” says Kirsten Ryan, coordinator of aerobics and wellness for the university’s recreation program.

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