'Spring into Shape' during the month of April was created to improve the well-being of the St. Paul community by focusing on health/fitness and nutrition.
Back in the fall, a group of 4 Grade 8 girls and Sonja O'Meara put in a proposal for a SpeakUP grant. The proposal was to improve the well-being of our St. Paul community by focusing on health/fitness and nutrition. The theme was called, Spring into Shape.
They received the grant, and as a result have been able to do the following during the month of April:
1. a grade 7/8 trip to Loblaws to learn how to prepare nutritious meals and snacks and a tour around the grocery store led by a dietician
2. a school wide salad bar day
3. Heart Healthy Kids presentations by the Heart and Stroke Foundation
4. Family Zumba
5. Spring into Shape Day - Bootcamp for the older students, video dance for K-2, and martial arts training for primary/juniors
6. Self Defence and Martial Arts training at Canadian Black Belt Centres for the grade 7/8 students
7. Mindful meditation practice
Sonya advocates that well-being can be improved through regular exercise and eating for nourishment. It can improve one's mood, one's energy levels, one's confidence/self-esteem and one's immune system. And, all of this can have a positive effect on a student's learning.
Great Work to buy the St. Paul community, they had one busy April!