[March 29, 2014]
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The Logan County Children's
Health Fair took place on Friday. Fifth-grade students were bused to
the Lincoln Park District SportsCenter, where they met a host of
experts from health and fitness fields, as well as medical, safety
and emergency response professionals.
Moving from station to
station, the students were challenged to do a variety of physical
activities and were provided a wealth of information.
The students were informed and
encouraged in making good life choices that would protect them from
accidents or illnesses, such as wearing a properly fitted helmet
during risky activities to prevent brain injury, and they were given
the newest nutritional guidelines.
Warm-up activities included
all sorts of fun with running games. Then the students moved on.
One of the featured physical
activities was a giant heart course. The course demonstrates how the
heart works in carrying blood throughout the body and the importance
of exercising the heart. Students listened to their own resting
heart rates through stethoscopes, then worked the course and
listened to their hearts again, working harder this time.
The course included students
sitting on wheeled platforms and moving along by pulling an overhead
rope, using only their hands, as well as crawling through tunnels,
jumping rope, bouncing balls while hopping through rings, and more —
a full-body workout.
Students learned what it would
be like to be blind by swinging a bat at a ball while blindfolded.
Pictures by Jan Youngquist