Students Rally to Show Healthy Children Achieve More
By Michele Earle
El Monte, CA – Partnering for healthy children, the Mountain View School District (MVSD), The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) and Payne Elementary School joined together for a “Healthy Children Achieve More” rally. Held in conjunction with National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the event included a parent nutrition workshop and student rally.
During the nutrition workshop, parents and family members learned how they can support their children to make healthier choices with food, snacks and beverages. Information was presented by Michelle Gutierrez and Jeanette Flores from CCPHA and Geri Lorenzano, MVSD’s Nutrition Specialist. A variety of healthy and nutritious snacks along with literature and cookbooks focusing on healthy food options were provided by MVSD’s Food Service Department.
After the workshop, parents joined Payne’s kindergarten through second graders out on the school field for a rally where members of Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Station 168, MVSD school board members, CCPHA staff, and Payne’s principal encouraged the students to develop healthy, life-long habits to build a strong foundation for a healthy life. Fire Captain, Jim Calderon shared with the students that firefighters have to eat right and exercise each day in order to perform their duties. “As fire fighters, we have to stay fit for our jobs,” said Calderon. “We take turns cooking at the fire station and we eat a lot of fruits, salads, vegetables and oatmeal and we drink lots of water to stay hydrated.” The firefighters led the students in a stretching exercise and completed several push-ups to the students’ delight.
A special certificate was presented to Payne School and CCPHA by Iko Nakasato, Field Representative for Senator Ed Hernandez. As the rally came to a close the students received a healthy snack and a bottle of water, courtesy of CCPHA, to enjoy later in their classroom.