Healthy Living Week was celebrated May 17 - 20, 2011, by students at St. Helena Central Elementary School. The week started by incorporating the LSU AgCenter Body Walk. This is a 35-foot by 45-foot, colorful, walk-through exhibit representing the human body. Students explored nine organs of the body, stopping at each station to participate in activities focused on the effects that different foods have on each organ. Students also received a take-home activity book to share with their families. Students from St. Helena Central High School were able to lead each one of these stations.
The week concluded with fitness in the areas of Let's Get Active: jump rope, jogging/running in place, basketball skills, sit ups/crunches, volleyball serves, digs, bump, pass and rotation. The youth were taken to the St. Helena Parish Nursing Home to have a workout with the patients.
This program was provided through funds from the Childhood Obesity Grant, a collaboration of community partners, including the St. Helena Parish school system, police jury, sheriff's department, Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, the Council on Aging and the nursing home.