Basehor-Linwood students participate in district-wide health and fitness program
During the past week, elementary students in the Basehor-Linwood School District participated in educational programs that promoted health and fitness.
The educational programs, sponsored by the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, an educational consortium out of Girrard, helped educate students on how to keep their bodies healthy and fit.
The programs are a benefit to students and teachers, said Karen Liljestrand, a first-grade teacher at Basehor Elementary School.
Liljestrand's first-grade class took part in the educational program on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The class participated in activities such as watching film strips that promote health and learning about the different food groups.
"We will do a whole big unit on nutrition and the body parts, and this will help," Liljestrand said.
Marta Ward, the teacher from the education consortium, said students could benefit immediately from the classes.
"They can see how everything inside their body works and how to take care of it," Ward said.
For kindergarten students through second-grade students, the educational program focused on the body and the systems of the body. The program also includes educating students on nutrition and the benefits of exercise.
The program is slightly different for some of the older students.
For students in third grade through sixth grade, students focus on those same topics, but also adds what can harm the body.
Ward said the program hits on topics such as smoking, drugs and alcohol as potential deterrents to a healthy lifestyle.
"With the older kids we tell them they can make their own decision but that things like drugs and alcohol can be harmful to their bodies," Ward said.
Earlier in the week, students at Glenwood Ridge Elementary took part in the classes and students at Linwood Elementary School will have classes on Friday, Nov. 9, and Monday, Nov. 12.