Windsor Schools Recognized for Promoting Healthy Living

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Two elementary schools in Windsor have been recognized for promoting healthy living.

Bellewood Public School and St. Teresa Calcutta, both achieved Gold status by the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association.

The recognition comes from the 2018-2019 Healthy Schools Certification Program which celebrates schools for promoting and enhancing the healthy lifestyles of its students and staff.

At Bellewood, the students had 'Days of Fitness' leading up to the winter holiday, as well as Wellness Wednesday.

Allison Laramie is a physical education teacher at the school and says Grade 8 students take on a leadership role and assist with the program.

"It gives them the opportunity to have a leadership role and do something other than academics," says Laramie.  "Obviously academics is a big part of the school system but we feel that the physical activity portion of it is just as important and can help improve academics as well."  

It's the second year in a row Bellewood has received gold status and Laramie says students look forward to the program.

"It's a good break for them from the monotony that can sometimes occur in the classroom and just give them that extra push and extra energy to get through the school day," she says.

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St. Teresa of Calcutta. Elise Daragon, former principal; Maggie Dorion, principal; Lora Prokopetz RN (Courtesy of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit)

At St. Teresa Calcutta, it held a mental health initiative which highlighted healthy nutrition programs, extra curricular activities as well as activities like relaxation, zumba and yoga.

284 schools across Ontario took part in the six-step process to earn the certification.

--With files from AM800's Rob Hindi