Students learn healthy living
WARREN — Each week, fifth- to eighth-grade students at McGuffey PK-8 School spend time after school learning ways to stay healthy through fitness and food choice.
McGuffey School guidance counselor Jill Redmond said the McGuffey fitness and wellness program is held for 14 sessions, once per week from February to May.
She said for the first six weeks, students learn about making healthy food choices and ways they can cook and prepare food. For the remaining weeks, a dance teacher, personal trainer and yoga instructor provided ways for children to exercise.
Redmond said 22 students were selected to be part of the program.
For one session, Marie Economos, educator, family consumer sciences, and Garvin McCorkle, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education program assistant, of The Ohio State Extension Office in Cortland, came to the school to show students how to prepare healthy meals and snacks if their parents are not home.
“The key is learning how to prepare the food themselves. There are many students who did not know how to prepare food,” Redmond said.
She said the keys of the program is the importance of teamwork and also being able to fix food yourself.
“They are learning about eating healthier and also seeking fitness and cooking careers,” Redmond said.
The program materials and transportation were covered by a grant from the Wean Foundation and Turning Technologies.
John Waldman, 13, an eighth-grader, said he has gained more knowledge of food and how to select what foods are the healthiest, and also how to live healthy a life through exercise.
He said he liked preparing fruit quesadillas and smoothies and cleaning food, which, he said, is important.
Cayden Reed, 11, a fifth-grader, said she has learned how to cook food such as tacos with cream and applesauce, and also tuna and vegetables.
“You should never sit down when your food is cooking,” she said.
Plans are to hold a Family Night on April 10 to see what the students have completed.