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Live healthy initiative hits MHS

After school program focuses on physical, mental health

February 12, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Live Healthy Iowa initiative has made its way to Marshalltown High School.

The school started up Live Healthy MHS three weeks ago, which has students and staff participating in several kinds of health and wellness activities after school. Participants are taking yoga, walking the hallways, sitting in on health and wellness informational sessions and even getting their blood pressure checked.

The program was started at the school by teacher Janelle Hawk and Dean of Students Dan Terrones.

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Three Marshalltown High School students are pictured doing yoga Friday as part of the new Live Healthy MHS initiative at the school. Pictured are, from front to back, Joe Metzger, Evan Ferneau and Erik Gutierrez.

"We're trying to focus on areas of physical health, but also wellness and nutrition," Terrones said. "We're trying to encourage people to take care of themselves physically and mentally."

Spanish teacher Sarah Whitehead leads a yoga class three days a week from her classroom. Desks are pushed aside and mats are laid out as students learn how to calm their minds and bodies.

"It's nice to unwind," said junior Evan Ferneau who regularly attends the yoga class. "Yoga has actually been proven to fight stress. It's good that the school has a program like this."

Whitehead's class Friday drew five students and other activities as part of Live Healthy MHS are drawing more than 10 students.

"I have had students say they feel more focused and they work up a little sweat," Whitehead said.

Terrones feels the numbers of participants could go up as more and more students learn of the program.

"We're really just beginning and we're trying to get more students and staff involved," Terrones said. "But we're off to a good start."



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