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Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Across Florida

Pete Della Ratta,   Holley-navarre Middle School
A Hero's Breakfast
Community Involvement
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Across Florida
NAVARRE — Florida Department of Health made a stop at Holley-Navarre Middle School Monday afternoon to kick off its Health in All Places tour. The tour highlights the various ways communities promote health for both children and adults. “This was a great start,” said Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “We have 67 great counties, but we started here in the Panhandle to showcase what’s happening in innovative school districts.” Inside the Holley-Navarre Middle School library, Armstrong as well as health and school officials spoke to a crowd of seventh-graders about the importance of leading a healthy life. In Santa Rosa County, campaigns such as 5210 (that’s five fruits, two hours of recreational screen time, one hour of physical activity and zero sugary drinks) and Fuel Up to Play 60 (promoting 60 minutes of daily physical activity) are geared to encourage kids to develop good habits. “When you’re healthy, you learn better,” Armstrong told the students. “Being active can even help you do better on standardized tests.” To demonstrate how to incorporate physical activity into the day, Armstrong, community leaders, school faculty and students participated in a two-minute exercise video. Holley-Navarre Principal Joie DeStefano said teachers at the middle school will occasionally take kids on a walk just so students aren’t sitting in one spot for too long. “It’s about good habits during school and after school,” Armstrong said after the presentation. “... It’s not just for the children, but the children who then become adults.”

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Readdressing what the Surgeon General stated to the students at HNMS and the importance of eating breakfast and moving throughout the school day. It doesn't take long, but the positive effects on the body and mind is tremendous throughout the school year.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The Surgeon General led the students and staff through exercises in the Media Center and interacted with student questions and concerns.