Improving health in the Tri-States is starting with area 4th and 5th graders as students wrapped up a 7-week long program at Quincy's St. Francis and St. Dominic Schools.
Quincy Medical Group is in partnership with Miss Illinois, Megan Ervin, and Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Salvation Army Kroc Center and Quincy Public Library to bring this program back for a second year.
The Heptathlon of Healthy Habits teaches students the importance of physical activity, reading, avoiding distracted driving, healthy eating, giving to the community, individual spirit, and recycling.
Organizers say the students have taken a proactive approach to this program and they hope it's something that will stick with them throughout their lives.
"4th and 5th graders are still at that age where they're able to listen and find these topics exciting and new in their lives. But, their also old enough to take charge of them and really make a difference in their own life so we feel like it's a really good age to implement them, implement them young and then they become habits as they grow older," said Hannah McNeff, Community Wellness Coordinator for Quincy Medical Group.
McNeff says next year their looking to expand the program to rural areas and more parochial schools.
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