School makes strides to encourage healthy living

Monday, May 14, 2018 - Updated: 12:31 pm

Healthy Living Day on April 27 helped Butler Catholic School to promote and encourage students and community members to be healthy in mind, body and spirit.

The day began outside the school building with a prayer service. Students read the biblical creation story and sang songs praising God’s creation. Before leaving school grounds to begin a walk-a-thon, Divine Providence Sister John Ann Mulhern, principal, encouraged students to take care of their bodies and reminded them that they “have the opportunity to use the gift of walking to let Jesus know that we want to be like him.”

“As we go to Highfield Park to walk and take those steps, remember Jesus is walking with you along with your classmates and family members. We want to live like Jesus did,” she said.

The central activity of Healthy Living Day was the walk-a-thon at Highfield Park in Butler. Students were given pedometers to count their steps and were encouraged to lead a healthy life by exercising and staying physically active.

Students joined their siblings, parents and grandparents as they walked for one hour around the Highfield Park track. The number of steps each student and teacher took was tracked, and their total was 1,295,841 steps. Along with preschool students and all family members who participated, more than 2 million steps were taken during the event.

The walk-a-thon also served as a fundraiser, with businesses from the community, including several health professionals, sponsoring the day. In addition to monetary sponsorships, Butler Family Chiropractic donated pedometers for all of the students, and Benko Orthodontics donated bottled water to keep everyone hydrated during the one-hour walk.

Other sponsors included Amerikohl Aggregates Inc., C.W. Howard Insurance Agency, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Nextier Bank, Butler Health System, Three Rivers Cardiac Institute, Butler Eye Care, Dr. James Madigan/Butler Orthodontic and Quality Life Services.

Afterward, students and families returned to school for lunch. As eating is a large part of leading a healthy lifestyle, lettuce grown and harvested at the school by the school’s garden club was used on sandwiches that were served. Students later participated in an afternoon of STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, art and mathematics) activities to challenge their minds and problem-solving skills. Kindergarten through third-grade students assembled and flew kites on the outside lawn.

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