For their celebration of Health and Wellness Day, students at Lynbrook North Middle School participated in educational presentations by health care professionals who spoke about the importance of making healthy choices.
Students participated in discussions regarding their health, interacted with presenters and asked questions while observing and manipulating models and visual aids provided by the health care professionals.
The presenters provided brief overviews of their areas of expertise and spoke about the education and training required for each profession. They also offered advice to students about improving their own health and preventing injuries and illness.
Kristie Lengel, a graduate of Lynbrook Public Schools who has established a business known as LEARN (Learning Exercise, Activity and the Right Nutrition), spoke about the importance of fitness and exercise as it relates to wellness and disease prevention.
Dr. David Hecht did a presentation about the importance of the spine and chiropractic as it relates to movement and injury prevention.
Kim Philbin and Jessica Acosta, dietitians from South Nassau Communities Hospital, focused on nutrition and food choices.
MTA Police Officer Anthony Ferrara brought his K-9 dog Klecko with him to demonstrate how his department uses K-9 dogs to ensure safety on public transportation.
Felicia Schenberg, director of education/training from the Nassau County Department of Human Services, rounded out the discussions with a talk about alcohol as a gateway drug and depressant.
The North Middle School Health Fair was organized by teacher Karen Gordon.
“It was a wonderful example of school and community joining forces to educate our children in a safe and supportive environment,” Gordon said. “Teaching personal responsibility for health is key to promoting wellness in individuals.”