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Students step to the beat of health

Edith Wolford Elementary Health Jam

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An elementary school in District 20 is stepping outside the box to teach students about eating right and exercising.

Edith Wolford Elementary school hosted its second annual Health Jam, a day dedicated to physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The idea for Health Jam came about after the state of Colorado implemented new comprehensive health and physical education standards in 2009, said principal Bob Wedel.

Wedel said being healthy has always been encouraged at the school and with the help of a supportive staff and outside community organizations, it's becoming a priority.

"I just want kids to come away with an enthusiasm and interest in keeping themselves healthy," said Wedel.

This year students jumped from classroom to classroom, learning everything from Zumba and yoga to tobacco prevention and bullying. Students also got hands on training in nutrition, learning how to make their own past with locally grown goods.

"We're learning how to make good choices and not any bad, poor choices," said fourth-grade student Lucy Haman.

Fifth-grade student Alyson Serio said the big take away from this year's Health Jam was, "if you don't eat right, if you don't exercise, if you don't do the right things, you won't be healthy and you need to be healthy because it's the right way to live."



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