Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Alabama selected ARIS as a "Be Healthy School" for 2013-14. With that selection
ARIS received a grant of $10,000 to build a long-wished-for jogging track!! It
is hoped that the track will increase physical activity among ARIS students. At
the same time, Counselor Irene Wong, Principal Marcia Stephens, Coach Julie
Morrison, and Nurse Ann Bamberg will coordinate efforts to educate parents and
students about the benefits of exercise and nutrition. Students will exercise
in the classroom between subject transitions in order to pump more blood to the
brain and improve alertness. Exercise will also combat poor posture due to
sitting for long periods and carrying heavy backpacks.
Coach Morrison will offer the 50-Mile Club for students and faculty to jog 50
miles during the year at school. Coach imagines how nice it would be to run or
walk on a track instead of muddy grass after a rain. Counselor Wong is
informing parents with information to combat obesity with newsletters. At a PTO
meeting, Principal Stephens and Nurse Bamberg will encourage parents to model
behaviors that cut back on snacks that are high in fat, sugar, or salt. The
motto for the year is "Habits 4 Health." These four habits, an acronym of ARIS,
are Appreciate your body; Read the label; Integrate exercise; and Sleep.
Mr. Jeff Adams of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama presented a large, mock
check to Principal Marcia Stephens on Friday, August 23, 2013. Students were
present to hold up the banner recognizing ARIS as a "Be Healthy School."
1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801