A new kind of bootcamp is encouraging students to get up get out get active and get healthy. GUGOGA, as getting up, getting out, and getting active is called at Glenwood Elementary, was celebrated at the school during an event for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The students learned that being active and making life choices that are healthy and positive are important to having the best possible life for themselves.
“We did GUGOGA Bootcamp last year,” said Principal Amy Dowdle. “All of our special area teachers put that together. They run the stations then. This year, we partnered with many community resources, especially the YMCA. We have a lot of community members helping to do many of the stations.”
The school had help guiding kids through the activities. They were assisted by representatives of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and EMS, the YMCA, and the National Guard.
Mission Educator and RN Kimberly Freeman spoke to the children about smoking. “You can see the difference between these two sets of lungs, can’t you?” she said. “The set of lungs that are darker look like the ones of a smoker. And you can see that air doesn’t flow into them as easy.”
The students had an opportunity to touch a healthy set of lungs and an unhealthy set using gloves.