Friday, March 15, 2002
CCHS Health Awareness Week sessions good ...if teachers let you go
Concord-Carlisle High School's health board sponsored a Health Awareness Week March 5-8 to raise awareness on a variety of health issues that affect the student community. Students could sign up to attend talks and demonstrations presented by outside speakers as well as school staff on a range of topics including healthy eating, with a smorgasbord breakfast supplied by Bread & Circus; the dangers of alcohol and smokeless tobacco; the signs of depression; positive body image; stress management and skin care. High school staff participated in yoga exercises each day. In addition there was an evening presentation on March 5 to discuss teen stress and ways to deal with the demands teens face each day. The high school cafeteria participated by offering new twists on their regular selections, such as a "no fry zone," a salad day, pasta bar, and a "brunch lunch." Fresh fruit was available all day in the nurse's office.
What did they learn?
How did the Health Awareness Week affect the students? Carlisle freshmen Brian Yu and Will Lamb and juniors Elizabeth Caldor and Carley Buckwold said they did not get to see many presentations. Attendance in some sessions depended on having a teacher sign up the students. "I wanted to go but I couldn't. Most teachers wouldn't let us go," said Carley. "The teachers asked us what we wanted to go to," explained Elizabeth. She said it was difficult to pick sessions when there was so much else to do during the day. "They should make it easier to go," added Carley. Brian and Will both attended the smokeless tobacco session and found it very informative. Elizabeth tried the Bread & Circus smorgasbord on Friday. "They told us things we already knew, and the food wasn't very good." The students noticed the displays in the cafeteria. "The displays had some good information," said Will. "There was a skin scanner, that was neat," added Carley.
Changes in the cafeteria
Asked if they had tried the different food choices in the cafeteria, the students had mixed responses. "Was there different food?" asked Will. He hadn't noticed the new choices, but did notice the breakfast for lunch on Thursday. "I wanted lunch, but they were serving breakfast," he complained. Elizabeth and Carley didn't try the lunch, as they usually bring their lunch.
Was it a success?
"I think it was worth it," said Will, explaining that the smokeless tobacco session was graphic and informative. "I liked the cycling session," he added. "The session on skin was interesting," said Carley.
Concord-Carlisle school nurse Christine DeBruzzi felt the week was a success. "It was awesome," she said, "and the kids learned a lot." She said the students enjoyed the sleep presentation, the skin session and the information on severe allergies. She was also excited about the snacks available in her office. "Kids would come with a headache and we'd find they hadn't eaten. We had apples and oranges to give them." When told that some students felt they weren't able to attend as many sessions as they wanted to, DeBruzzi explained, "We're going to do a survey, which the instructors and teachers will fill out." They plan to use the results for next year's health week. "It was a great week, and it was so nice to talk about good health for a week," she added.
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