More than a decade ago as a teacher Lisa Witt began having her kids sit on stability balls, not for physical education but in a standard classroom setting. She founded WittFitt five years ago selling modified Swiss balls. It comes at a time when students nationwide are seeing P.E classes cut and recesses scaled back. WittFitt claims their modified Swiss balls provide movement, encourage posture and enhance attention.
Witt says teachers are usually on board with the proposal but may be apprehensive picturing a classroom of two dozen kids chaotically bouncing balls. However, the Hudson, Wisconsin based company provides proper training for teachers. The children must also "earn their ball" by signing a contract and following rules.
Witt has also arranged for grant money to schools across the country who cannot afford the balls.