Wellness: Fit Factory
The Momilani Fit Factory is an after school fitness program designed to teach students about the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle. The Fit Factory was founded in 2009 and was originally designed as a third grade only program led by third grade teacher Mr. Masaru Uchino. However, in 2010, the Fit Factory was expanded to include the Momilani fourth grade students as well when fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Dawn Kanoho, joined the coaching staff of the group.
Momilani Fit Factory Team 2015-2016
The Fit Factory is open to all current third and fourth grade students at Momilani with a limited enrollment period at the beginning of each school year. Fit Factory members are required to make a 100% commitment to the group’s meetings throughout the entire school year, following a strict attendance policy and rules contract. As a year-long program, the Fit Factory meets twice a week, rain or shine, from the beginning of the school year in August to the end of the school year in May.
The Fit Factory group’s main goal revolves around the concept of discovering one’s individual ability level. Each member is encouraged to compete against their own self, rather than to focus on competing against other students. Each member of the Fit Factory is treated as a team member, and a positive team mentality is emphasized at every group workout.
There is no cost to join the Fit Factory, but students are given the option to purchase a team t-shirt which is designed each year exclusively for the Momilani Fit Factory. Students are also encouraged to participate in any of up to six different public running events such as, The Great Aloha Run and Keiki Run, The Honolulu 5K for Kids, and The Jamba Juice Banana Man Chase 5K. Students who participate in any of the running events are required to pay for their own registration fees, however, many of the fees are returned to Momilani as donations from the event organizations. To date, the Momilani Fit Factory has helped to raise thousands of dollars to help support our school’s health and wellness curriculum and events.
Mr. Uchino would like to thank Mrs. Higa and the rest of the Momilani staff for their continuous support and encouragement for the Momilani Fit Factory, and hopes that the Fit Factory will become a longstanding tradition at Momilani. For more information about the Fit Factory, please email Mr. Masaru Uchino or Mrs. Dawn Kanoho.
Fit Factory Race Highlights
Great Aloha Run
On February 14th, 24 students from Fit Factory completed the Keiki Great Aloha Run (1.5 miles) and on February 18th, 12 Fit Factory students completed the Great Aloha Run (8.15 miles). The 3rd and 4th graders that ran the GAR did it in a whopping 2 hours and 8 minutes! Fit Factory (headed by teachers, Masaru Uchino and Dawn Kanoho) is an after school program for 3rd and 4th graders that challenges them athletically and encourages them to look for self motivation in a positive team setting. This event raised money that will be used to help support the school’s Health and Wellness curriculum.
There were also two great write-ups on Fit Factory and the GAR
Mr. Uchino and Mrs. Kanoho are really proud of the progress of the Fit Factory members this year and have really noticed how many of the students have increased their physical fitness, stamina and endurance over the course of the school year. We hope that we will be able to continue the tradition in the next school year, and look forward to seeing the new batch of Fit Factory members at the start of the school year.
For more information about the Fit Factory, please contact Mr. Uchino or Mrs. Kanoho. Thanks to Mrs. Higa and the rest of the Momilani 'Ohana for their endless support for our group's efforts.