Indianapolis Public Schools is proud to team up with Eli Lilly and Company for an innovative service project. Hundreds of Lilly employees are using their Day of Service to help IPS students complete a valuable health assessment. This partnership has led to a pilot program that will help young people understand the importance of fitness statewide!

FitnessGram is a program which helps students, parents and teachers assess their health and come up with a plan to improve fitness when necessary. Students complete a variety of fitness tests including push-ups, sit-ups and running. The results of the activities combined with the student’s height and weight are used to come up with a fitness report and recommendations for the future. In addition to individual results, school and district-wide results are used to cater physical education lessons to the needs of our students.

Approximately 20,000 IPS student in 3rd through 8th grade will take part in FitnessGram assessments this year. In previous years, physical education teachers took students through the activities in small groups and recorded the results individually over the course of several days or weeks.

In order to allow teachers more time for instruction, IPS is taking part in a new approach. IPS collaborated with Jump IN for Healthy Kids – an organization committed to pairing schools with community partners to improve fitness. Together, we crafted a program enlisting volunteers to run all of the stations and record the results. With this method, we can get all 20,000 students through the FitnessGram process in just one day!

The materials produced for the IPS pilot program will be presented to school districts across the state. We’re so glad to be part of a project that could improve the health of students at IPS and across Indiana!