On April 8, Elden Elementary held its first wellness day for its students to motivate them to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits.
The school kicked-off the day with an assembly in the gym featuring music from Radio Disney and a performance by athlete and entertainer Ilze Auzina-Luneau, who wowed students with basketball tricks as she spoke to them about the importance of eating nutritious meals, participating in some type of physical activity every day and never quitting.
After the assembly, students rotated by grade through several activities including yoga to introduce them to a short routine they can use to wake their minds and bodies, to warm up before an exercise routine and to increase their flexibility and endurance. In a nutrition class, Melanie Schreiner, a dietician with OCM BOCES, quizzed students on their knowledge of the five food groups and showed them several different meals that incorporated all of the food groups. In the school gym, students worked up a sweat participating in Zumba, a cardio activity.
Kindergarteners and first-graders learned how to make granola, under the direction of Baker High School FACS teacher Christine Rode and several students from her sporting foods classes. The third- and fourth-grade classes sampled smoothies, courtesy of the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, and School Resource Officer Christine Weeks spoke to fifth-graders about strategies they can use to protect themselves in a variety of situations including resisting peer pressure to use drugs.