Oakwood Has Heart!

A wave of Red was on display at Oakwood.
A wave of Red was on display at Oakwood.
Crawling through a parachute tunnel, students use lots of muscles while having fun.
Crawling through a parachute tunnel, students use lots of muscles while having fun.
A “Go Red for Heart” Healthy Luncheon for the Oakwood staff was held on Tuesday Feb 11th. Staff members were treated to heart healthy foods, courtesy of Oakwood’s resident nurse Ms. Helen Falcone. Word around the Oakwood community is that Ms. Falcone is an exceptional chef so it was indeed a real treat for the staff, who also participated in a campaign to raise funds for the American Heart Association.
A “Go Red for Heart” Healthy Luncheon for the Oakwood staff was held on Tuesday Feb 11th. Staff members were treated to heart healthy foods, courtesy of Oakwood’s resident nurse Ms. Helen Falcone. Word around the Oakwood community is that Ms. Falcone is an exceptional chef so it was indeed a real treat for the staff, who also participated in a campaign to raise funds for the American Heart Association.
Jump rope for heart has always been at the core of healthy heart exercises.
Jump rope for heart has always been at the core of healthy heart exercises.
Mountain climbing exercises are easier to sustain than jumping rope and provides an excellent cardiovascular workout.
Mountain climbing exercises are easier to sustain than jumping rope and provides an excellent cardiovascular workout.
And of course push-ups are a part of any obstacle course.
And of course push-ups are a part of any obstacle course.
Crunches and more crunches…. need we say more.
Crunches and more crunches…. need we say more.

The students and teachers at Oakwood are working hard this year towards having a heart healthy month!

Students LOVE February because they learn so much about how their heart works and how to keep their hearts and bodies healthy.

During this month Ms. Kerrigan has a “Wellness Wake-Up Call” each morning which helps us learn about delicious foods to try that are good for us and good for our hearts.

The physical education staff did an amazing job setting up a fun obstacle course that resembles the circulation system in our bodies.  While jogging in place, mountain climbing, riding scooters and crawling through a parachute tunnel, the students learn the various parts of the heart.  The students also learn about good nutrition through the use of the food pyramid and the many exercises they can do to keep their bodies in great shape.   Jump Rope for Heart, a district-wide fundraiser, is one particular event that is not only fun, but keeps in line with the many examples of healthy activities the students learn about in physical education. 

But “heart healthy” was not for the kids only…

The grown-ups also got into the spirit.  On Tuesday, February 11th, the teachers and staff showed their support for the American Heart Association’s annual campaign “Go Red for Heart Health” by wearing red shirts and sporting a “Go Red” pin.  It was inspiring to see the wave of Red as you walked through the halls and a wonderful example for the students to share.   Proceeds from both of these Heart Healthy events will go directly to the American Heart Association.

Go Red! Go Oakwood!