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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Group Health grant funds fitness program for Catholic schools

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 18, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

A $7,000 grant from the Group Health Community Foundation will be used to fund a high-tech cardiovascular fitness program which will be implemented by six Spokane Catholic schools.

The “Healthy Heart and Fitness Program” has several important aspects, including learning materials, fitness activities and special heart monitors which students will wear during active times to track heart rate. The data can then be downloaded into the student’s electronic portfolio to help the child track progress and better understand levels of cardiovascular fitness.

Dawn Manfred, one of Cataldo’s health and fitness instructors, points out that “the challenge of health and fitness training is the ability to correctly identify each student’s physical condition so we can provide a program tailored to his or her own needs and abilities. This program will now allow us to do this.”

Cataldo will share the program with five other area Catholic schools: St. Patrick, St. Mary, St. John Vianney, Trinity and St. Aloysius.

Manfred and Amanda Coulter, Cataldo’s other health and fitness instructor, will spearhead the program and collaborate with the other schools to design the enhanced curriculum and develop the most effective use for the technology.

Duane Schafer, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Spokane Diocese, was excited to hear of the Group Health Community Foundation’s commitment.

“We are extremely grateful for their support in helping us improve the health education of our students. This type of program would not have been possible with out their involvement.”


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