Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Efrat's Kids on the Street for Good Health
The children of Efrat's Aseh Chayil Elementary School are out of the classrooms today. They've taken to the streets - not in protest, but - in support of Good Health.
After a year of focus on A Healthy Life - theme dictated by the Ministry of Health - the school is dedicating all of today's activities to summarize its good health ideas.
So I caught the classes marching down my street on one of today's many walking routes. And I wished them a "Happy Health Day." They laughed and waved and went off on their way.
Now they're set for a day of healthy eating, healthy cooking, exercises classes and workshops on eating right, hygiene, a nutritious lunchbox, exercise, sports and a healthy future.
Starting children thinking about good health in elementary school is a major move toward a healthier next generation. Frowning on chocolate spread for lunch and encouraging vegetables and fruit will change their lives forever.
Of course, good health is not just a topic for one school year. But hopefully this year's orientation to a healthy lifestyle will give the kids a foundation of healthy thinking for a lifetime.