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Hip to be fit at Calhoun High health fair

Students as Calhoun High School go hard in

Students as Calhoun High School go hard in a sit up competition so they could win a free one month membership to a local gym. (Jan. 14, 2011) Credit: T.C. McCarthy

From climbing a rock wall to sitting for a massage, Calhoun High School students ran the gamut of wellness activities at Friday’s fifth annual Health Fair.

Senior Lauren Marinello interned for health and physical education teacher Keri Cinelli and is credited with bringing in many of the 33 health-related businesses. The pair also came up with several activities that helped students work up a sweat.

“Some kids don’t want to be in a gym all day, but they want to stay active and fit, and there’s so many ways out there,” Cinelli said.

Teens were seen leaping as high as they could for high-jump competitions, challenging their bodies and minds on a rock climbing wall and practicing coordination with Wii Sports. Students also had the opportunity to sit and talk with chiropractors and nutritionists. Healthy food items included whole wheat pizza and an egg white omelet station.

“It’s a great thing to show people that health is something can be fun,” junior Pat Bedell said after sweating through 50 crunches in a sit-up competition. “They had many things that are perfect for helping you see what you can do to get your health better, and how you can do it without it being a chore.”

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