Since 1980, the percentage of obese children ages 12-19 has increased from 5% to nearly 21%. And, in 2012, it was reported that more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Obesity poses many threats: heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some cancers. All of these prospective health issues result in a high probability of a shorter lifespan. It has been reported that this generation may be the first not to outlive the previous one.
It is apparent that exercise and a healthy diet is imperative now more than ever. Hebron Healthy, which was held on March 19, addressed this issue while simultaneously raising funds for the Viking Backers.
“The Viking Backers is our Boosters, which supports all extracurricular activities. Money raised will support the needs of different extracurricular activities here at MTH,” Aerobics teacher and event organizer Ms. Melissa McCarthy explained.
The day started off at 9 a.m. with yoga taught by guidance counselor Ms. Trish Dewart. At 9:30 a.m., Angela Franklin taught zumba, which was immediately followed by cardio kickboxing with Linda Donatich. After a quick break during which door prizes were raffle, self defense was taught by science teacher Mr. Paul Sabota. High Intensity Interval Training instructed by Patti LeConte, a “Fitness for 4 Everyone” workout with Bronson and Jaime Dant, and LeConte’s Bender Ball Boot Camp consumed the rest of the day until 2 p.m. Hebron Healthy allowed participants to try all of these activities for just $20 and only $5 for students.
Ms. McCarthy was unable to chose a favorite segment. “I enjoyed all the segments from Hebron Healthy,” she said. “All gave a quick exposure and introduction. However, zumba was our most attended.”
Hebron Healthy was a fantastic opportunity to get a good workout and also even ask professional trainers health and fitness questions.
“All of the trainers that came were energetic, and it was a ton of fun,” senior Peyton LeConte said.
Senior Ellie Mazzuca agreed. “Hebron Healthy was so much fun,” she said. “There were lots of really cool trainers that showed a bunch of unique exercises.”
Attendees were also able to win door prizes, which consisted of a free Mt. Hebron water bottle, Mt. Hebron lanyard, incense, and a free yoga lesson at Gogo Guru.
As Ms. McCarthy said, “A healthy body helps create a healthy mind. Getting students moving is first. Students should be exercising at least 60 minutes a day. It’s all about finding something you like to do so it doesn’t seem like work.”