ELLENBURG DEPOT - When people think of getting a workout, they often find they have to go to the gym. Pamela Boulerice, a health teacher at Northeastern Adirondack Middle-High School, is showing students a new way to get fit.
After attending an Eat Well Play Hard meeting through the Clinton County Health Department, Boulerice learned there was grant money available that could benefit her students.
"What they wanted us to get were nonconventional physical activity stuff," Boulerice explained.
Boulerice received a $2,300 mini-grant from EWPH, and decided to buy nine Trikkes, which she learned about from Peru Central School.
According to their Web site, a Trikke is a "three-wheel cambering vehicle" which provides "riders of all ages and skill levels to experience a new way to propel themselves on wheels, getting a full-body workout in the process."
Currently, Boulerice is using the trikkes in her health class, and eventually the students will teach other students, including those in the elementary school, how to utilize them.
"It keeps the kids interested," Boulerice said. "It's new and they're discovering it is a full-body workout. It's all up to the kid."
Boulerice also purchased stilts, protective gear, three Wii Fits, and a Guitar Hero with the mini-grant, receiving additional funding from the NAC District Health and Wellness Advisory council.
"That's the whole big drive right now is to do something physical that is fun," she said.
"The kids that normally wouldn't want to do something physical, are doing physical things," Boulerice added. "That's so great."
Having used the trikkes herself, Boulerice can attest to the positive effects.
"You have more energy, because it gets you going," she said. "You have more energy after. You don't want to quit."
Boulerice currently lets teachers sign out the trikkes and other equipment, for use with their students. She also hopes to see coaches sign them out in the near future.
"I think once the coaches realize how much activity they embody, I think they'll start using them, too," she said.
However, when using the Guitar Hero in her classroom, Boulerice does have one major rule for her students.
"I said, 'You cannot do it unless you're up jumping,'" laughed Boulerice. "They jump all over and have a ball."