Pilot testing a dance training curriculum to increase physical activity among school children

In New Mexico, students typically do not receive any physical education programming in school. Long-standing budget constraints at the state level have had a profound affect on the ability of schools to provide physical education. According to a recent study by the University of New Mexico, 52 percent of middle school children and 43 percent of high school students in New Mexico are considered obese or overweight. Since 1994, the National Dance Institute New Mexico (NDINM) has expanded opportunities for children to be physically active in school. Further expansion will require that NDINM take steps to substantially increase the number of qualified dance instructors available to schools. This project will pilot test and refine a train-the-trainer curriculum. This project is consistent with the Foundation's learning and emphasis on environmental approaches to physical activity by offering an innovative and potentially generalizable example of ways to respond to issues that affect children's access to physical activity. Project deliverables include pilot testing and refining the curriculum and the development and maintenance of a Web site to extend the reach of the program.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,014.00

Awarded on: 9/26/2005

Time frame: 10/15/2005 - 10/14/2006

Grant Number: 53815


National Dance Institute New Mexico Inc.

1140 Alto Street
Sante Fe, 87501-2596

Catherine Oppenheimer
Project Director