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Ramping up wellness

Voorheesville holds Wellness Day to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle

The Rise Above BMX team entertain Voorheesville High School students by performing various tricks in the gymnasium during the district’s Wellness Day on Thursday, March 21.

The Rise Above BMX team entertain Voorheesville High School students by performing various tricks in the gymnasium during the district’s Wellness Day on Thursday, March 21. Photo by John Purcell.

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Kim Buckley led a fencing workshop during Wellness Day, where Voorheesville students suited up and practiced their parries and foil attacks.

— “For students, even for the faculty and staff, too, sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day that we forget to take care of ourselves,” Young said. “There are people out in the community that can help us and we should be focusing on the health and wellness of the entire being.”

Young said she personally enjoys bringing the faculty, staff and students together to celebrate health and wellness through something different than what happens in the classroom.

“It is still focusing on allowing you to educate in a different way and to do so by bringing in that community aspect,” Young said.

David Cardona, a sophomore, agreed the day was a “good bonding experience” for students across the entire high school.

“I think most of the activities are pretty fun,” Cardona said.

Allegra Fasull, a senior, enjoyed learning about new activities and hobbies.

“It is cool to learn about things that you wouldn’t learn about in school usually, like rock climbing and yoga,” Fasull said. “We actually get to do hands on stuff, which is the coolest part I think.”

Cardona said he was looking forward to his Hip-Hop dance workshop and thought the BMX show was entertaining. Fasull said she learned some valuable things through a self-defense workshop.

Eric Newton led a caving workshop and worked a little chemistry into a discussion on old helmet lights. He told students how water would drip onto calcium carbide, producing acetylene, which would then be ignited by a “sparker.”

Wellness Committee Chairwoman Judy Zielinski, a family and consumer science teacher for sixth to twelfth grades, said there are many physically active kids in the district. The concern is what happens once school sports are gone, she said, which can leave some otherwise active students in a lurch.

“I think for a lot of children when they get out of school and the organized sports stop, then (they say), ‘What’s next?’” Zielinski said. “For those kids that organized sports are not their thing it gives them other ideas on ways they can be active.”

She said students often hear about the benefits of being active from teachers and parents, but it is good to have someone else reinforce those values.

“Sometimes, just hearing the same thing from someone else helps them to pay a little more attention,” she said.

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