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Healthy living emphasized in Chartiers Valley program

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Officials and physical education teachers at Chartiers Valley are doing their part to promote healthy living — not just with students, but throughout the community.

The district will hold a Community Heath Extravaganza from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the middle and high schools.

“The physical education teachers in K through 12 wanted a way to promote health in the community,” said Diane Daeschner, district tennis coach and one of the event organizers. “With the statistics increasing in terms of childhood obesity, heart disease and diabetes, it was something we felt like we should do.”

Because the middle and high schools are connected, Daeschner said, an obstacle course will be set up for primary school students in the middle school gym. In the high school gym, parents and community members can see the healthy living curriculum that students are learning, including a lesson in pickleball.

“Kids are asking for pickleball paddles for Christmas and then come in Sundays for tournaments, and parents are wondering, ‘What is my kid getting up early on a Sunday to do?'” she said.

The event will enable parents and community members to see the health and physical education curriculum taught to students on a daily basis. It also aims to reinforce the idea that healthy living is key.

“We want to clue the community in,” Daeschner said.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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