WHITMIRE — Whitmire Community School recently participated in the Subway Fitness Challenge. Third through fifth graders worked with the school nurse Tricia Ulch and P.E. Coach Brett Newton on a three-week program designed to teach students about healthy eating and making healthy choices.
During the challenge, student athletes visited classrooms to speak to the students about healthy lifestyles. Each week, Ulch would have healthy living tips announced during the morning news at school.
Wendy Green served as a fitness buddy to the classes, speaking each week and leading them in different physical activities, such as wall sits, burpees, squats, jump rope, jumping jacks, push-ups and planks.
The theme for week one’s activities was eating healthy. Week two’s theme was physical activities, and week three combined the two themes. The students combined the activities to make a heart-racing circuit workout, with each station lasting 30 seconds and there 20 stations in all.
Green spoke at the WCS School Improvement Council meeting on Nov. 19 about the success of the program and pleased she was to have been a part of the program.
“Whatever you do now,” Green said, “sets the foundation for a lifetime of health or poor health.”
During the fitness challenge the grades competed against one another. The week 1 winner was Lauren Hagler’s class, week 2 was Sunshine Hayes’s class, week 3 was Lana Geren’s class and the overall winner was Hagler. Due to its success, many students at WCS are now excited about being healthy and exercising.