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Project promotes healthy living

Posted: March 10, 2014 - 4:05pm
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  Above, Loralee Kokovich performed jazzercise for North Augusta Elementary School students on March 5. At right, North Augusta High School students Zane Stripling (from left) Jacqueline Phillips and Nick Butler speak to North Augusta Elementary School students about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. Their project, called Project I-Care, aims to create awareness about proper diet, exercise and health screenings.  CHRIS THELEN/SPECIAL
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Above, Loralee Kokovich performed jazzercise for North Augusta Elementary School students on March 5. At right, North Augusta High School students Zane Stripling (from left) Jacqueline Phillips and Nick Butler speak to North Augusta Elementary School students about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. Their project, called Project I-Care, aims to create awareness about proper diet, exercise and health screenings.

Pupils at North Augusta Elementary School followed Loralee Kokovich’s jazzercise steps as they sung along to popular songs.

They laughed and smiled and helped each other keep up with the moves.

Though it was all fun, the pupils were also learning ways to stay healthy.

North Augusta High School students Zane Stripling, Nick Butler and Jacqueline Phillips discussed with them the importance of healthy habits including diet and exercise in addition to prevention and proper screenings.

The March 5 presentation was a part of the high school’s service learning and Future Business Leaders of America initiative called Project I-Care. They collaborated with Kokovich for the presentation.

The idea for Project I-Care came after partnering with the Carolina Panthers and their A Crucial Catch program in October to promote breast cancer awareness and screenings, said Butler.

“We felt like it was such an important topic to us that we needed to take it further,” he said. “We decided to expand it into our community service project for healthy lifestyles.”

Last week, they also made presentations during a Freshman Focus meeting at North Augusta High and at the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon.

They hope that by promoting a healthy diet and exercise, it will help people realize what they can do to stay healthy and prevent diseases, said Phillips.

With the elementary pupils, they wanted their presentation to be a lesson that will last a lifetime, added Stripling.

“It is very important for kids, especially at this age, to learn early about how to remain healthy,” he said.

The students want to partner with the school lunch program in the future to look for new, healthy options in the cafeteria, they said.

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