ST. JOHN | The Lake Central School Corp. is going for the gold during the Winter Olympics.
As part of the school district’s ongoing wellness program, the Go for Gold campaign challenges students, teachers and staff to enhance their physical fitness through exercise.
Those who log 60 minutes a day during the Olympics, which end Feb. 23, will earn a gold medal. A silver medal will be awarded to those who log 45 minutes, and bronze will go to those with 30 minutes.
Go for Gold is part of a wider effort since 2006 to establish a comprehensive health regimen that includes exercise, nutrition and various lifestyle enhancements.
In a presentation to the Lake Central School Board last week, Homan Elementary School teacher Melody Wollf discussed a variety of health-centered activities during the school year. The activities included a Walking for Wellness event in October and November, where 413 students, teachers and staff walked nearly 1 million steps.
Upcoming events include health screenings during the annual Welcome Back Fair on Aug. 14, and a 5K run/1K walk on May 14.
Wollf said individuals seeking health-related information can access the wellness tab on the main page of the school district’s website, which includes a portal for community members, or via informational kiosks in schools.
She said the various wellness activities continue to gain popularity, and eventually more outreach could be done in the surrounding community.
“The bottom line is, healthier teachers are happier teachers and better able to serve our kids,” she said. “And when kids are healthier, they learn better.”