We recently held our annual health fair at MLS. It was a great day as we had many local health professionals come in to educate our students on the benefits of healthy living. Topics ranged from skin care, yoga, portion control, food choices, dental hygiene and more. Read more to learn about all of the sessions students attended.
Susan from Rebecca’s Natural Food came to our heath fair and taught our students about the wonders of quinoa! It is a grain that is a complete protein, is a good source of magnesium and iron, and also contains calcium. It is very simple to prepare and takes little time, so try it instead of rice sometime!
Former MLS parent Dr. Bart Weis from Charlottesville Orthodontics spoke in detail about common problems that may require orthodontic treatment. The students were amazed by the awesome visual aids and information shared by Dr. Weis.
Germ Wars-This action-packed cooperative station gave our students some much-needed movement and illustrated how the more healthy choices we make, the stronger our immune systems will be in the “battle against bugs” inside our bodies! As soon as the powerhouse healthy choices of sleep, eating veggies and fruit (at least 5/day), eating REAL food (no artificial ingredients) exercise at least 60 minutes a day, and drinking water combined forces, that bacteria didn’t stand a chance! Thanks to Chad Triolet for the great game idea!
MLS parent and Holistic Health Coach Tricia Lucas shared the importance of drinking water. Ms. Lucas shared ideas on how to flavor water naturally and even shared some ice cubes with fruit frozen on the inside. The students really loved the bright colors and were taught about ingredients in other drinks that are not so healthy. These harmful ingredients included artificial dyes and sweeteners, preservatives, and other common additives. Ms. Lucas also shared that when exercising or playing a sport, water and a piece of fruit is a much better choice than sports drinks such as Gatorade.
Portion Control was lead by MLS parents Jeni Galvin and Katie Sears. Think that bowl of cereal is one serving? Think again! Many of us pour way too much into our bowl when eating cereal and other foods as well. This station brought awareness to how many servings we are actually consuming and it was a real eye-opener! Unfortunately many cereals contain unhealthy amounts of added sugar (as well as GROSS artificial colors!), so the more aware we are of actual serving size the healthier we will be.
Skin Care-Former MLS parent Lisa Laurence from Family Dermatology of Albemarle came in to teach our students about taking care of our largest organ in the body, our skin! Lisa spoke about sun protection and other ways of protecting the skin, including various skin care products. Be careful though, our skin is porous and absorbs whatever we put on it! Try to use products with no (or very few) artificial ingredients! Check out the wonderful EWG website for more info on CLEAN skin care products!
Super Kicks Karate was an amazing station! Students learned various self-defense tactics and were taught how to avoid conflict by being very direct and confident. The highlight of the station was the game Snake. Students had to avoid the snake pad by using their quickness, reaction time, and balance as Mr. Tim and Mr. Bandon were very tricky when operating the snake!
MLS Super Moms Shannon Burns and Meg Janucik led our students in some great yoga poses that relaxed, refreshed, and calmed our minds and muscles. We love yoga at MLS because it helps us with our balance, strength, flexibility, body awareness, and coordination. All of our Meriwether athletes will definitely experience more success in their various sports when improving those skills through consistent yoga practice!
DRUMS ALIVE FITNESS-Mr. Wymer became a Drums Alive instructor for one day as all students had a BLAST with this awesome activity that combines music, rhythm, exercise, and playing the exercise balls like a set of drums. The students had a great time and the instructor definitely received his workout for the day.