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Learning to live a healthier lifestyle

Scotia-Glenville students focused on heart health and fundraising

Some people might think kids don't live healthy or active lifestyles anymore, but some have shown living a heart-healthy life isn't so hard after all.

Scotia-Glenville High School students have recently had cardiovascular awareness focused on in health classes and on Friday, Nov. 19, the Student Senate sponsored a Hat Day to benefit the American Heart Association. Students in health and physical education classes walked the outdoor one-quarter mile high school track to practice what they've been learning.

The epidemic of obesity and diabetes is really still one of our major concerns and we want to really have that be a theme throughout the building, said Pat Tamar, a health teacher at the school. "Fitness for life, lifetime activities, not just a one time or one shot deal, but something that they love to do to keep them active."

Throughout the halls there were heart awareness posters hung up, which were made by students in health classes. Tamar said there had been a month of nutrition and fitness learning activities in health classes, such as creating a heart healthy menu, creating a health focused fast food restaurant, working on an online Wiki about what they have learned and creating fact sheets about nutrition.

"We try to balance getting your movies and TV in, but also staying active," said Tamar. "We want to make sure we address lifetime fitness for all people."

While students walk on the track the goal is to get their pulse rate to 120 beats per-minute or higher. The focus is for each student to complete a mile at their pace and get some exercise.

"We certainly have a population that are not in good shape at all that will willing admit that the only activity they get is the mandatory PE and they don't even put too much effort into it," said Janet Rathjens, a health teacher at the school. "But then we have a number who are very active and probably sell themselves short, because maybe they are not the 'school athlete' so they don't see themselves as athletic. You don't have to do school sports to be athletic."

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