Blue Hill Consolidated School Launches Healthy Living Program



BLUE HILL — Juicy watermelon, fresh fruits and flavored water replaced brownies, cookies and soda at this year’s annual back-to-school picnic at Blue Hill Consolidated School Sept. 9.

 

Grilled chicken and all-beef hot dogs were complemented with an array of fresh salads, as school administrators introduced this year’s theme: “5210 Goes to School.”

Blue Hill Consolidated School Launches Healthy Living Program
Blue Hill Consolidated School Launches Healthy Living Program

The numbers represent a daily goal: 5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 or fewer hours of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks.

Nearly 200 schools across Maine are participating in the program, which aims to increase physical activity and instill healthy eating habits among the state’s youth.

“It’s starting kids young,” Principal Della Martin said of the community-backed program to promote healthy lifestyle choices. “Peoples lives are so busy [healthy living] shouldn’t be an add-on. If you start at an early age, good choices become routine.”

Martin said the healthy living theme would be integrated in classes for all students at the school. Activities will include food tastings to introduce students to different kinds of fruits and vegetables, nature walks for exercise and meditation and more.

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