Bring DKWIO to your school!

Significant evidence gathered over the last 10 years demonstrates the social, emotional and academic benefits of bringing yoga to the classroom. Adding nutrition education, as Work It Out does, lends another dimension to the learning experience.

Benefits to Your Students

Stress Management

Students reported using the breathing techniques they learned during the DKWIO program to help them in stressful life situations, such as when they felt angry or anxious. One student said the program’s breathing technique helped control aggression toward other students.

More Healthful Eating

Students reported that the program instruction and curriculum encouraged them to try foods that they had never tried before. Many reported learning to eat more healthfully; several students said they improved their nutritional habits. They learned this was better for their bodies.

Reduced Bullying

Students reported bullying behaviors significantly decreased over the 10-week period.

I truly appreciate all the work and effort you and your staff have done to help our students improve their academic, social and emotional skills. I especially like the DKWIO program because it has a balance of exercise and nutrition — two ingredients that lead to a long, healthy life.

— Patsy Stahl, Physical Education Teacher Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Science

Healthy habits are learned — just like math or science — and form the foundation for lifelong health and wellness. This is why we are proud to support the programming Work It Out is providing in Southeast Michigan.

— James J. Tighe, President and CEO Michigan Fitness Foundation Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

What does it take to change a child’s life?

A 2008 study by the Urban Institute, The New York Academy of Medicine and Trust for America’s Health found that an investment of $10 per person in community-based programs designed to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years.

For Just $75 per student

DKWIO kids stretching

10-Session Class

Work It Out comes to schools in the fall and winter with a 10-week curriculum. Each week features a theme to illustrate the nutrition content and yoga activity. Included is a section entitled Off the Mat, which encourages pro-social behavior. These are activities kids can do to bring their yoga lessons off the mat and into their every day life.

DKWIO Workbook

Each student receives a 64-page full color workbook with graphic illustrations of the yoga postures learned each week. Ten unique breathing techniques are demonstrated in each session. Part of the workbook includes a recipe book entitled Building Healthy Meals on a Budget. Tips and advice on keeping a healthy kitchen and lifestyle are part of the nutrition section.
DKWIO Kids
Kids in the Work It Out program

DKWIO Workbook

Each student receives a 64-page full color workbook with graphic illustrations of the yoga postures learned each week. Ten unique breathing techniques are demonstrated in each session. Part of the workbook includes a recipe book, Building Healthy Meals on a Budget. Tips and advice on keeping a healthful kitchen and lifestyle are part of the nutrition section.
DKWIO Yoga Mats

Yoga Mat

Each student receives a new yoga mat to practice on during the Work It Out sessions. At the completion of our program, the students get to take their mat home to continue what they’ve learned.

Interested in bringing DKWIO to your School?

Work It Out provides all the materials, props and instruction needed. We ask schools to provide a single point of contact, dedicated space for the class, signed permission slips for each student and enthusiasm for health and wellness. We bring extra mats and invite teachers to practice with their students.

Need some help finding funds for this program?

Do you see the value in bringing Work It Out to your school, but just don’t have the funds? Consider one (or some) of these options to raise the money necessary to bring these life lessons to your school.
Host a Work It Out fundraiser. Maybe it’s a school-wide yoga-thon or partnering with a local business to raise funds.
Does your school have a PTA, or better still, a wellness committee? Reach out to them to see if they will consider helping raise the money.
Check with your district to see if they have wellness-specific funds available to teachers.
The following websites can offer support in finding grant funding for your program: And, most of all, don’t be discouraged. We know that when there’s a will, there’s a way. For more help, reach out to kristin.Jager@kidsworkitout.org.