School kids give lesson on wellness; eating healthy, having fun emphasized

Halcottsville — Students from Margaretville, Andes and Roxbury Central schools presented demonstrations and exhibitions based on the theme “Kids Healthy Living: Eating Healthy and Having Fun!” at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Saturday.
The students shared what they have learned about healthy living and eating for better health.
Lara Sanford, Margaretville resident and member of the Wellness Committee of the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, coordinated the day’s activities. The event included exhibitions, artwork and demonstrations.
In commenting on the project, Ms. Sanford said, “We are excited to see that area students are enthusiastic and engaged in learning about a healthy lifestyle.”  
The theme spread through the curriculum at MCS and Jan Wetland’s art students were inspired. Using poster art, they have designed colorful and educational posters to help reinforce the message that eating healthy is an okay choice for kids. A selection of the posters will be on exhibition under the tent during the Wellness Committee event.
Other programs featured at the Wellness exhibition included “Eating Fresh,” which featured Jen Schuman, director of the Roxbury Central School’s Community Gardeners program, who gave a presentation about the benefits for growing your own food for better nutrition. She also pointed out that gardening is a great way to exercise.
Mary McNaught, a Roxbury Central School Family and Consumer Services teacher, brought several of her students and provided information on the importance of portion control and why eating sensibly contributes to overall well-being.
CROP students from Margaretville, Roxbury and Andes gave cooking demonstrations and provided tasting for farmers’ market visitors. Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes, Cornell Cooperative Extensive of Delaware County program instructor, has been teaching the students how to select and prepare foods from “scratch” without relying on processed foods.
Demonstrating the fact that exercise is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, local gymnasts provided exhibitions to help teach about strength, conditioning and flexibility training. They also spoke about the foods they eat to stay strong.
This program was presented by the Wellness Committee of the Auxiliary of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center in cooperation with community partners, Cornell Cooperative Extension Service of Delaware County and the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about the Wellness Committee of the Auxiliary, please visit www.hahv.org.