WEST POINT – Healthy hearts were the focus during a week-long program at West Point Junior High last month.
Students learned CPR from paramedics and, along with teachers, shared stories about friends and family they were “going red” to support.
Besides dressing in red, West Point students purchased wristbands and T-shirts and raised $975 for the American Heart Association.
The drive is one of many activities planned to bring attention to good health, according to Sandra Jensen, a teacher in charge of the wellness program for the school.
Since the beginning of the school year, each month has had a different focus, from drinking adequate amounts of water or eating fruits and vegetables, to doing strength training.
This month students are encouraged to set their own fitness goals.
“I think it’s more of an overall awareness,” said Jensen.
“We’re not tracking weight loss bcause you can be skinny and not healthy,” she said. “A lot of students don’t eat what they’re supposed to.
“The focus is on nutritional and personal fitness,” she said.
The week culminated in a spirit assembly and a dance.