Thursday, February 14, 2013

ECHS Students “Take 10″ to Tackle Obesity and Learn Better Health Habits

“Take 10” is Brookhaven College service-learning program that launched this year. Early College High School (ECHS) is participating in Take 10, which encourages students to complete at least three 10-minute cardio sessions per day.

Addressing the issue of obesity, the program is gaining many participants. Brookhaven College employees and high school and college students, along with their families, are encouraged to participate. Pledge to “Take 10” at

In an official start to the program, participating Early College High School students were given pedometers and exercise tracking logs at the kick-off rally in the Brookhaven College gymnasium on Jan. 11.

Take 10 is a walk, hike or run program in which participants sign an exercise pledge, exercise 30+ minutes a day across a 12-week period, and participate in a 5K run/walk event at the end of the semester. The Healthy Family Day 5K Run/Walk will take place on campus April 27, followed by an award ceremony for participants. The individuals who successfully track the most collective miles at the end of the 12-week period will be eligible to win prizes, which will encourage continued exercise and healthy choices.

In each month of the program, service-learning students will be facilitating health and nutrition workshops, weighing and monitoring students’ blood pressure and collecting exercise logs.

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