Health Fair Offers Middle School Students in Merrill Opportunity to Learn About Healthy Lifestyles

On Tuesday, March 17, the Merrill Area Healthy Lifestyle Network (MAHLN) coordinated a health fair for middle school students at Prairie River Middle School (PRMS) in Merrill.

In collaboration with Merrill Area Public Schools more than 750 students from PRMS, Trinity Lutheran and Saint Francis Xavier Schools spent about one hour during the course of the day learning about nutrition, exercise, general healthy habits and illness prevention through games and informational displays. Basic screening choices for strength, flexibility and cardiac fitness were offered.

“Students took home educational materials and screening results with the hopes they would review this information with their parents and increase awareness of decisions their child is making that would impact his/her health as they grow older,” said Susan Coady, director of rehabilitation services at Good Samaritan Health Center.

The Merrill Area Healthy Lifestyle Network is an affiliation of local agencies committed to the promotion of health and wellness in the Merrill Community. These include Good Samaritan Health Center/Ministry Health Care, Lincoln County Department of Public Health, University of Wisconsin Extension, Lincoln County Commission on Aging, Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center, HAVEN (Household Abuse Victim Emergency Network), Merrill Area Public Schools, Church Mutual Insurance Company and community stakeholders.

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