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IHRSA member opens Kohl's Employee Fitness Center

As proof that healthy lifestyles are good for business, the retail giant Kohl's is opening a fitness center in its corporate headquarters in Menomonee Falls, and it will be run by the Wisconsin Athletic Club, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "An active and healthy workforce is a ticket to success," Kohl's CEO Kevin Mansell told the newspaper. He also cites boosts to employee morale and productivity.
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Teaching Kids The Importance Of Individual Responsibility For Fitness

Elementary Students Get Kid-Sized Workout Machines, Teaches Kids The Importance Of Individual Responsibility For Fitness

An elementary school in Mishicot, Wisconsin, has been furnished with a room full of cardio machines fit for a kid, according to The small room contains several miniature-sized cardio equipment machines common to typical health clubs: ellipticals, stair steppers, and rowing machines. During a typical physical education class at the school, students start out with group exercises in the gymnasium before going into the cardio room for a more individual-based approach to fitness.
Robert Hagenow, physical education instructor, told the news source that the intention is to teach children how to exercise on their own. "If you think of adults, when they continue to work out when they get out of school, usually it is individual based and they go to a (gym) or wellness center," Hagenow said. "We are trying to promote that idea of staying physically fit through doing your own thing."


Local Wisconsin Lawmaker Drafts Bill to Increase Exercise Among Youth


Worried by the lack of physical activity among Wisconsin youth, Rep. Chad Weininger, R-Green Bay, is drafting a bill that would increase the required daily amount of physical activity students K-8 receive, in hopes of restoring the value of physical activity in young people.

Rep. Weininger cites better test scores, higher self-esteem, better health and a healthier adult population as reasons for the bill. “Once the adolescents turn adults, Rep. Weininger hopes they will share their healthier lifestyle and ‘curve the trend so we reduce that one in four’ statistic by sharing what they learned growing up,” reports the Chippewa Herald.