Wooster City School District and American Heart Association to Celebrate February as National Heart Health Month
Kicking off on Feb. 1, Wooster City School District (WCSD) will partner with the American Heart Association (AHA) throughout the month of February to showcase National Heart Health Month. To discover and understand the importance of hearth health, the district has organized several events and activities for students and staff to enjoy.
"This yearly showcase of the importance of heart health throughout February is always a fun way to come together as a district while sharing applicable information about wellness," said Karen Arbogast, director of elementary education. "We hope that all of the events we have planned for this February will encourage our students and staff to stay healthy and active."
On Feb. 1, the month will kick off with national "Wear Red" day-the color of healthy hearts. On Friday, Feb. 8, the Perry Hot Shots will be in the district to entertain the elementary students.
During the week of Feb. 18-22, Wooster will have a district-wide spirit week that will include daily announcements of heart-healthy tips. Each day, students will participate by dressing up to support specific themes. Spirit week will begin on Tuesday (no school on Monday) with "Double Team Heart Disease: Twin Day," where students can dress up with a friend as twins. Wednesday is "Be a Heart Hero, where students can dress up their favorite superheroes. On Thursday, students will "Sock it To Heart Disease" and sport crazy socks. The week will conclude with "Heart Health Day" day on Friday, where everyone in the school is encouraged to dress in red.
The "Heart Health Showcase" varsity basketball game will take place at Wooster High School on Feb. 22. The game, a "red-out," will feature heart health facts, a half-time jump-rope fundraiser for AHA. In the lobby, there will be blood pressure screenings, training for hands-only CPR, five-minute yoga, a photo opportunity and a graffiti wall.
There will also be a staff vs. student basketball game at Wooster High School like every year during National Heart Health Month. This will be held on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:00 - 5:45 pm, which is prior to the wheelchair basketball game.
All month long, from Feb. 4 to March 1, students at the elementary schools will Jump Rope for Heart and students at Edgewood Middle School will participate in Hoops for the Heart to help raise money in the fight against heart disease.