East Side Students Learn About Healthy Eating And Yoga

Students at East Side Intermediate who attend the Haywood Extended Learning Program, under the direction of Mr. Cedric Bunch, have formed the FAN club (Fitness And Nutrition). The FAN club meets on Wednesdays for 30 minutes per group as part of their after-school activities. School Health Coordinator Cindy Smith teaches the classes. The first 5 or 10 minutes are spent on nutrition facts, like how many calories children their age need per day and how many calories are in different foods. They will also learn about good fats and bad fats, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

The remaining 20 minutes are spent on doing yoga! They are learning about yoga breathing, the importance of alignment, their body’s core, muscles, joints, as well the yoga positions. As soon as their mats arrive, we will be doing some of the floor positions. Students have reported that it is “a little bit hard,” and that they are “sore” the next day … which is good! That means they are using muscles they don’t ordinarily use! Come join us! We are having fun! Mrs. Smith says, “Namaste, from our hearts to yours.”