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Nutrition costumes highlight health and fitness workshop at East

On February 23, 2017, East Campus invited parents, students and staff to a health and fitness workshop. Our theme was “Let’s Get Healthy."

Students and staff sported their favorite costumes to promote our theme. Ms. Leidy Martinez, our parent liaison, dressed in a celery and lettuce attire. The director, Ms. Gayle Voltz, wore her favorite snacks on a necklace.

We invited Trinity Dental Centers, who gave tips on dental and mouth care and distributed goodie bags that included toothpaste, dental floss and toothbrushes.

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Eyecare for Kids is an organization that provides free eye checks and glasses for students. Several parents signed up for the free service.

Obama Healthcare shared knowledge with parents about resources available for families.

Now We No enlightened mothers about the use of healthy feminine needs. There was a demonstration that amazed audience members. "The 'Now We No' campaign is living a legacy devoted to moving people toward a healthier lifestyle," said Ms. Faith Voltz, the organization's campaign director.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers, a 24-hour-a-day service, displayed a powerful poster board that showed innocent items that could harm children and adults. There was a poison control hotline number (1-800-222-1222) on magnets, coloring books and flyers. The host,  Mr. Eugenio Alvarez, said the information is invaluable because the sooner you contact the poison center, the greater chance you have of surviving an accidental poisoning.

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 The students were given an opportunity to work out with a karate expert. It was amazing how disciplined the students became as they practiced the karate moves.

A Zumba exercise session was set up for students to dancercise. The director joined the students but quickly tired as the moves became more strenuous.

Ms. Victoria Philips, The Varnett Public School's food service manager and a nutritionist, spoke to students and parents about making healthy food choices while they consumed fruits, vegetables and water. She reminded the students to hydrate after exercising and using their karate moves.

We all had a great time as we learned the steps to living a healthy, safe and well-informed lifestyle. 

 Ms. Gayle Voltz, campus director

Photos by Ms. Voltz and Ms. Latricia Jones, campus instructional facilitator

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