Local students were learning how to improve their physical and mental health before the holidays. Our Elyse Mickalonis caught up with students and staff in Chenango Valley Middle School as they highlighted the importance of healthy living and how that can prevent bullying.
CHENANGO BRIDGE, N.Y. -- Middle school can sometimes be difficult for boys and girls, as they navigate through what can be an awkward time. That's why educators at Chenango Valley Middle School hold a Wellness Day this time each year, to make sure they spend their break the right way.
“The kids are all fired up they want to run around and do things before vacation, so we want to introduce them to nutrition, health, fitness and we have people coming from all over the community to do that,” said Cathy Lyons, Chenango Valley PE Teacher
CJ Michalak, Inspire Fitness Employee, added, “I volunteered my time and come here do Zumba with the kids. It’s great to see them all come out.”
The all-day event aims to teach students about positive self-image, how to eat right, and exercise your body and mind. Students participated in self-image and nutrition workshops…and some high-schoolers volunteered.
“We had a couple high school kids come down and help out. We just like spreading the love, helping kids get active,” said Nicholas Pert, Chenango Valley High School freshman.
Olivia Trumino, Chenango Valley High School sophomore added, “It clears your mind and when you’re active it helps you with school work, when you feel good about yourself, it makes you stronger.”
Students say the event also showed them how having a positive self-image can affect how you treat others.
"If you don't love yourself it's hard for you to love other people,” said Samantha Hardy, Chenango Valley Middle School 8th grader. “If you don't love other people you’re going to have problems when you're older and probably have problems when you're younger in your high school years."
Wellness Day also allowed students to let each other know someone "has their back." They exchanged about 300 hand-made bracelet to show they are a friend to all, an effort they hope will help combat bullying.
“To show people how to go up to other people if you need help and to trust others and known someone is there for you and you aren’t alone,” said Mornee Robinson, Chenango Valley Middle School 8th grader.
Now, with the tools in hand to stay healthy and stop bullying, students can share what they learned with others once they come back from break.