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Indian Lake Central School Gets Active

April Gokey,   Indian Lake Central School
Access to Healthy Foods,  Physical Activity Participation

On October 6th, 2015, I was able to go to Indian Lake Central School as the Franklin County Dairy Princess. Indian Lake is located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains so there are no dairy farms nor a dairy princess. Upon arrival, I was able to talk to the 6th grade students about what a dairy farm is and the impact that dairy farms have on our society. In addition, I was able to share with the students the nutritional benefits that milk and other dairy products can provide one's body. Afterwards, with help from the PE teacher, we went into the school's gymnasium and played some games and did some exercising, stretching and running around; all things to get the students moving and get their heart rates up. Finally, we went back to the classroom and the students were able to fuel up their bodies with healthful food choices such as milk and cheese sticks. Through the support in our dairy promotion program, we were able to purchase every student involved, a t-shirt that they can wear to further promote the program that we initiated.

How did you accomplish your goals?

I was able to accomplish my goals through the overwhelming support from all faculty members at the school including that from the principal, health/PE teacher and cafeteria. To overcome distance, email and phone calls become a great communication tool.