Wyandotte begins Luck’s pilot program ‘Change the Play’

A Wyandotte Elementary School fourth-grade class takes part in a pilot program endorsed by Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck called Change the Play. The program aims at promoting health, exercise and nutrition to youth throughout Indiana. (WLFI Photo)
A Wyandotte Elementary School fourth-grade class takes part in a pilot program endorsed by Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck called Change the Play. The program aims at promoting health, exercise and nutrition to youth throughout Indiana. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Tippecanoe County elementary school is participating in an exercise program aimed at getting kids active during class.

Wyandotte Elementary is starting the Change the Play program. Change the Play was established by IU Health and and Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck. The goal is to promote physical fitness and healthy nutrition in our youth.

One part of the program is taking “brain breaks” between lessons, where students take about five minutes to do exercises and stretch their muscles.

Fourth-grader Lily Johnson said the program helps her get exercise every morning.

“I go down stairs, turn on my music and do the leg kicks and the arm things,” said Johnson. “I also do jumping jacks and jump rope.”

Another fourth-grader Dane Starks said the “brain breaks” get him ready to learn.

“I think it gets me more awake, so I can listen better to what the teacher is saying. I like the twist, because it feels good when it pops my back.”

Change the Play is an eight week program, with more than 50 schools within the state taking part.

One student from each participating school will be selected to go to Indianapolis and meet Colts star Andrew Luck.

“I want to try my best to go,” said Starks. “My mom always said, ‘hard work always pays off.'”

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