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Teacher Finds Using Stability Balls in Class to be Beneficial for Students

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Giving kids an extra boost at a young age can go a long way when it comes to health and wellness.

Many of us know that in today's day and age, kids can use all the help and reinforcement they can get when it comes to establishing healthy lifestyles.

And one area teacher has been trying a new approach to engaging children.

Stability balls...when most see them they think of the gym.

But in the last few years they've been making their way into Kearney classrooms like mike Anderson's class at Northeast Elementary.

"I really like using the balls because it does allow kids a little bit of extra movement without bothering other kids around them. And I think kids do need that. Sitting in a chair all day is not that comfortable as we know as adults. So it's been very successful having those in the classroom," she said.

Anderson wrote up a grant for the balls after a UNK study was done with a group of fourth graders at the school.

After some research of her own found they could be beneficial to student's health.

She said, "It allows a little bit of movement, comfort and builds their core. Especially those kids that have a little extra need for movement they're wonderful for that."

Parents have also been on board with the idea and are allowed to try them out themselves during parent's night.

And while the balls are an option to chairs, after learning the rules and how to properly sit on them during class students prefer them to regular chairs.

 "You can't jump." "Your feet  have to be on the ground at all times, you cannot lift your feet up. And you have to keep it always by your desk."

"You try not to get your scissors down by the ball because you might pop it."

"I think that we're lucky to sit on these," students said.

And while she hasn't done scientific studies with the students, Anderson said she feels the proof of their effectiveness shows by the end of the year.

"The kids will talk about how much stronger they are getting. You'd be amazed to see how well they can balance by the end of the school year."

Teachers said the kids look forward to being in the classes with the stability balls.

Anderson plans to continue using them and would encourage other teachers to do the same.

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