Several Fort Hays State University health and human performance students attended a recent workshop sponsored by the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The workshop introduced two new activities, geo-fitness and socci. The presenters at the workshop were from South Africa and taught new ways to incorporate various forms of education, such as math and patterning, into fitness exercises.
The students who participated are all physical education and teacher education majors.
The purpose of the workshop was to "teach our students the new activities and skills and also how to teach them and do progression exercises that would lead up to playing the game," said Dr. Joyce Ellis, instructor of health and human performance.
Some of the participants said that geo-fitness was similar to step aerobics but, instead of a step, the exercise uses numbered mats, which can be arranged to form patterns.
Socci is a game played with the feet, similar to soccer. Participants were taught how best to teach the individual skills and put them into the full game.
Students who participated were Jay Coles, Cimarron senior; Brandon Crum, Minneapolis sophomore; Chris Delimont, Norton special student; Nate Schmitt, Holcomb senior; Jarrod Schmidt, Tribune senior; and Karli Sherwood, Holly, Colo. senior.