WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA)-Running and doing basic exercise while on a field day at the Wellness Center in West Point feels like one big recess for 4th graders in Clay County, but those at the Wellness Center are trying to teach them that doing those things is important to stay fit and healthy at any age.
"We decided that we were going to give fourth graders a field day to learn about wellness, health, nutrition, safety, live saving, and everything we say that is under the wellness umbrella," says the Director of the West Point Wellness Center Tracy Arnett.
One P.E. teacher from the area says the first healthy initiative program in West Point is a wonderful way to help kids understand early how important wellness is.
"It makes you feel so much better, and you have so much more confidence about yourself," say Gay McBrayer.
While at the program students got the chance to learn a few things from volunteers that many of them say they didn't know.
"You get vitamin D from the sun, you have to work out and eat fruits to stay healthy," says 9 year old Paiton.
Those at the Wellness Center say they aren't only teaching the students how to be healthier, but how to take the lessons they learned here home and teach their families how to lead healthier lifestyles also.
"I am going to make sure my family eats no junk food, only baked food because it is healthy for you," says 10 year old Tylan.
The students also had an opportunity to learn hands on CPR from firemen and EM T's at the program.