Heart Healthy and Physically Fit in the School Library

Cobb school libraries explore new ways of learning.

Griffin Middle School students recently participated in the NFL Play 60 Virtual Field Trip sponsored by Discovery Education, the National Football League, and the American Heart Association. Discovery Education, a digital resource available to Cobb students and teachers through Cobb Digital Library, hosts virtual field trips each month to provide students the opportunity to experience faraway places from within the school library. This month’s virtual field trip provided an all-access pass to the scenes of Super Bowl LIV in Miami as professional football players and cheerleaders shared how to be heart healthy and physically fit.


Lori Quintana, library media specialist at Griffin Middle School, along with her full-time para, Ashley Kraus, collaborate often on library lessons that immerse students in making real world connections. After learning about the NFL Play 60, Mrs. Quintana was excited to tap into the expertise of Ms. Kraus, a recent physical education teacher graduate. Engaging students in learning that piques their interest such as the Super Bowl, and using it to teach life-long skills, is the foundation for the library program at Griffin. Library resources are no longer only “sit and absorb” information, instead, students are active participants in their learning in the school library.

During this virtual field trip, students learned how to calculate their resting heart rate and then did the math to discover their target heart rate during exercise. They also completed a fitness quiz to determine their exercise personality and then engaged virtually with the football players and cheerleaders to learn new exercises for the purpose of creating personal fitness plans. Finally, students learned about healthy eating habits and were provided takeaways of four heart healthy recipes to try at home. Throughout the virtual field trip, Discovery Education hosted a live Twitter chat, and the Cobb community is welcome to view photos and videos of Griffin students’ experiences at Mrs. Quintana’s Twitter @linthelibrary. The students had a great time learning the importance of physical fitness and being heart healthy.

“Mrs. Quintana, this was really fun. I definitely want to participate in another one [Virtual Field Trip] again,” commented Griffin student Theo Angell.

Students were engaged while learning during this interactive experience. School libraries are truly the largest classroom in the school!


Holly Frilot, Supervisor
Library Media Education

Contributing Author: Lori Quintana, Library Media Specialist, Griffin Middle School, Smyrna, GA

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