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JoAnne Lee-Nieves

Teacher Bio
Joanne Lee-Nieves has taught Physical Education and Health at the Jeremiah E. Burke, a School to Career School, for the past 28 years. As a Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball coach, this Golden Apple teacher, has been named Boston Public School Basketball Coach of the Year and MIAA Basketball Coach of the Year. Her teams have received two Boston City Basketball Titles and several Division Championships. Member of MAHPER, Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and the Boston City Coaches Association, Joanne combines teaching and coaching with a view to a long and healthy life.

Subject Areas
English Language Arts, Physical Education and Health Education

Grade Levels
9 - 12

Physical Education & Health high schoolers mentor Grade 2 students.


Wake Up Call to Fitness and Nutrition


Key Question How can high school students help their peers and youngsters not only understand fitness and nutrition but also incorporate healthy practices into their daily lives?

Overview For these Health and Physical Education students, winning isn't everything. Sharing healthy habits is. As a way to achieve their own fitness and nutrition plans, they keep individual Fitness and Food diaries. They adopt a second grade at a nearby elementary school; distribute surveys to youngsters; follow up with weekly aerobics routines and food pyramid lessons. They also produce posters, a computer slide show, and reflections that encourage younger and older peers to get active. Everyone enjoys visiting the local fitness center, one of the few African American woman-owned gyms in the country. Finally, participation in the school's Health Fair and local Fitness Walk lets these teenagers wake up their community to a lifetime of fitness and nutrition.

Active Exploration + Applied Learning + Adult Connections
Classroom Activities
Community Activities
Career Activities
Research effects of diet & exercise.
Complete Fitness & Food Diary.
Identify cooperating elementary school.
Develop Fitness & Nutrition survey for Grade 2 students.
Evaluate survey results.
Design aerobic routines for Grade 2 students.
Create fitness & nutrition posters.
Plan school Health Fair.
Prepare for community Fitness Walk.
Produce & distribute Fitness Walk invitations to school, parents & community members.
Plan gym set up for Health Fair.
Produce computer slide show about project.
Share personal Nutrition & Fitness Plans with class.
Arrange elementary school visit.
Introduce project & distribute survey to Grade 2 students.
Explain & display survey results to youngsters.
Conduct aerobic routines & food pyramid lessons.
Exhibit Health Fair posters throughout high school.
Recruit folks to sign up for Fitness Walk.
Contact local Health Care Providers & confirm participation.
Set up gym for Health Care Providers.
Describe project at Fair.
Join peers, faculty & neighbors in Fitness Walk.
Review teaching methods with Phys Ed teacher.
Discuss nutritional policy with school dietician.
Contact local newspaper about nutritional & fitness mentoring.
Interview school coaches on how eating habits affect athletic performance.
Learn about fitness industry from visiting alumna.
Visit Fitness Studio.
Observe & interact with Providers at Health Fair.
Distribute Feedback Sheets at Health Fair & Fitness Walk.

Share project reflections with Grade 2 students, parents & school community.

Academic Rigor

Learning Standards English Language Arts and Health
Facilitate discussion independent from the teacher.
Deliver informal &formal presentations, giving consideration to the audience, purpose and content.
Express ideas in an organized way.
Assess health beliefs attitudes and behaviors in order to set achievable goals, monitor progress and evaluate outcomes.
Understand movement concepts and relate physical activity to lifelong health and wellness.

School to Career Competencies

Communicate and understand ideas and information.
Collect, analyze and organize information.
Identify and solve problems.
Use technology.
Initiate and complete entire activities.
Act professionally.
Interact with others.
Understand all aspects of an industry.
Take responsibility for career and life choices.


Students and teacher hold feedback sessions on second grade visits. Teacher made Rubric evaluates Food & Fitness Diary. Glencoe Rubrics evaluate posters and presentations. Student produced Health Fair Feedback surveys assess event for future planning.

Software or Materials Used For technology: digital camera, Internet, Microsoft Office, clip art. For aerobics: CD Everybody Walk Your Body by Brandy Cruthird and cassette recorder. For literature and research: Fitness magazine articles and Internet resources What Exercise Can Do For You; Quick Meals for Healthy Kids and Busy Parents: Wholesome Family Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less From Three Leading Child Nutrition Experts by Sandra K. Nissenberg, Margaret L. Bogle, Audrey C. Wright, 1995: John Wiley & Sons; Healthy Treats & Super Snacks For Kids by Penny Warner, 1994: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary; Eat Smart, Play Hard: Customized Food Plans for All Your Sports and Fitness Pursuits by Elizabeth Ann Applegate, 2001: Rodale Press

Teacher Developed Materials Guidelines and Rubric for Fitness & Food Diary, Guidelines for Aerobic Routines, Planning Health Fair, Fitness and Nutrition Posters

Student Developed Materials Student Survey, Name Tags for Second Graders. Personal Fitness and Nutrition Plan, Aerobic routines for Grade 2 students and peers, Health Fair Computer Slide Show, Feedback Sheets, Project Reflections

Web Sites Glencoe Online Health, The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Eat Smart Play Hard

Final Words Now my students understand that demonstrating the basics of healthy food and exercise improves their own well being. The Health Fair brings out the best in students' organization and presentation skills. Joining the Fitness Walk convinces parents and community members to keep up the beat.

Teacher Tip This project requires your own time and energy. Figure on 20-30 minute personal exercise sessions at least 3 times a week and count on making the right food choices. Show students your own personal goals and plan. Join a fitness club. Enjoy a longer, healthier life.

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