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Super fitness starts with super habits, students learn

Kids at Franklin School in Sterling play healthy fun and games during presentation

STERLING – Being a healthy human might not require a superhuman effort, but students at Franklin Elementary School learned Friday that it might make you a hero.

The kids were active participants in a CATCH Wellness presentation that was a game show with superhero themes.

“We want the kids to have a healthy lifestyle, exercise 60 minutes a day, and put less sugar in their diet,” said Amy Kivlahan, a Wellness Committee member who is a physical education teacher at Washington Elementary School.

To emphasize activity, there was a relay race in which students ran to a telephone booth, removed oversized business clothes, and raced back to untie classmates from chairs.

To emphasize healthy eating, a healthy superhero taught students the difference between foods by using Go, Slow and Whoa categories as a stoplight comparison of healthy and unhealthy eating choices.

Students put a hand in a paper bag to guess what the food inside was. Then Andrea Vondra’s audience would say which category – Go, Slow or Whoa – the foods belonged in. Vondra is a fitness instructor at the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA, which is partnering with the school district’s Wellness Committee. CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health.

A second-grader dressed as a superhero, Grady Wittmer, 7, said, “My favorite part was watching Joseph put his hand in the paper bag.”

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