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A Cooperized School

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On Feb. 25th Connie Tyne, (CI) and Rick Salewski spoke in Greenville, S. Carolina at the press conference for Legacy Charter Schools. The school founder, William Brown, was inspired to help the underprivileged kids of S. Carolina after attending the Cooper Wellness Program several years and hearing Dr. Cooper speak about the Texas "Our Kid’s Health" Initiative. Five years and $16 million dollars later, Legacy has become a model for schools across the nation. Each student, K-12 is required to have "conditioning physical education" every day. A registered dietitian plans and supervises healthy meals that include breakfast and lunch for all children and dinner for the 30% who remain at school for enrichment until 6:00 PM. Teachers are also required to exercise at least 3-days a week. A state of the art gym is used by students and athletes all day and is open to parents, staff, and community members from 5:00-8:00 PM when child care and tutoring is offered.

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The results of four full years of implementation show that the students at Legacy are substantially more fit and have a declining obesity rate when compared to other schools in the area. Their fluid intelligence scores, the ability to solve problems, has also shown remarkable improvement. Dr. Julian Reed of Furman University has conducted the research and published the results each year. Connie has been invited on numerous occasions to represent The Cooper Institute and encourage faculty and students as they pursue their wellness program. This year, Rick was invited to share his story of tremendous weight loss and the achievement of completing the New York Marathon. Phil Tyne was invited to speak to the high school athletes and coaching staff.