Nearly 100 Garcia Middle School students are leading healthy lives by taking part in their school’s “Fuel Up to Play 60!” wellness program. The students meet in the mornings on the last Friday of each month to walk around the school’s newly-refurbished track.
The Walking Club recently welcomed Tyrone Smith of First and Goal to their school. Smith cheered them on and joined in their morning walk before autographing trading cards for the students.
To further promote its “Fuel Up to Play 60!” wellness program, Garcia has also partnered with the American Diabetes Association to become an Intervention School to improve student health. Through this partnership, DeVry University nursing students visit the campus twice a month to meet with students who have been identified as at-risk for diabetes to share nutritional information. Those same students meet with the campus nurse each week before or after school to take part in an hour-long physical activity.
Garcia has also formed Faculty Buddies, who meet with students (identified with elevated BMI levels) for 10 minutes a week to review their eating and exercise habits and encourage healthy lifestyles. Students and staff have also been invited to join their school’s Yoga group which meets twice a month on Wednesday mornings.
“We are passionate about helping students lead healthy lives,” said Nellie Hartsell, school nurse, “and we are fortunate to have so many students who actually want to be involved in our health initiatives.”