Health and wellness month at Lenape Valley

| 15 Feb 2012 | 11:20

    STANHOPE — January is health and wellness month at Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope. Each day throughout the month students and staff are reminded about the importance of good eating habits and exercise. “The daily announcements include a tip or fact on leading a more healthy lifestyle,” said Principal Ed Braun. Factoids about proper nutrition and calorie consumption of teen-friendly foods are displayed on the three 48-inch flat screen TVs located in the media center and the common areas of the school. To get the body moving, the weight room is open during lunch and anyone at Lenape can use the facility. In addition, health and physical education teacher Joanne Hoover offers an instructional workout each day. “I run a 15-minute ab blaster during lunch Monday through Friday for any student or teacher who wants to participate.” Hoover is also a certified Zumba instructor and will offer a Zumba class in the spring as part of the physical education curriculum. “The students love the class,” said Hoover. “I've had many requests to teach it now.” On Jan. 10 the Interact Club, the school's philanthropic organization, worked at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Students are required to complete at least two service projects each year. Their efforts to fight hunger supports this month’s health and wellness theme.