In an effort to capture the unique qualities of athletic development and to maximize impact on the health of today’s youth, the Center for Health and Human Performance (CHHP) developed a multi-faceted pilot program, funded by a grant from the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and in cooperation with the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative. The eighth graders from Greater Brunswick Charter School attended weekly sessions at CHHP, in place of one of three days per week of their regular physical education class. Under the supervision of Michelle Arent, director of training and conditioning, athlete mentors assessed movement proficiency in three basic movements (squat, push up, hip hinge) and provided training and education on basic physical movement skills (run, jump, throw, catch). Students’ movement proficiency was evaluated at the beginning and end of the program, in addition to their completing a final program feedback questionnaire. To read the full article click here.