East Texas students learn healthy habits early

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It seems kids are always getting sick, but as they start to get older the responsibility of being healthy begins to shift from parents, to the young adults. Lufkin Middle Shool wanted to give their students a head start on being healthy.

"They'll be at high school before they know it," said Vickie Evans, Lufkin Middle School principal.

Instilling good habits now is what the health fair was all about. "It's important for me to stay healthy so I won't have heart problems when I'm running or I won't be so weak to serve the ball," said Morgan Anderson, 7th grader.

Eyes wide and ears open, young adults took advice from their high school counterparts.

"To show that we've got determination and we want to work even harder, work harder than the average person," said a Lufkin High School athlete.

"It's great for them to just to be able to hear from some of their peers they look up to," said Evans. Evans said the fair prepares the students to make the right choices. Students took a peek at what it would be like to actually be intoxicated. "It felt weird, I like really couldn't do the straight line, it shows you how drunk people are when they walk, how they're dizzy," said a group of 7th grade girls.

When asked if the beer goggles scared them. They all replied yes. One 7th grade girl said it felt like she was going to fall over.

That kind of repsonse is why the health fair is so beneficial. It starts them thinking about how their habits now can shape their future. "It's a life changing importance of keeping yourself healthy and how that will impact them when they get to high school and college," said Evans.

The kids were tested on what they learned at Friday's health fair. Evans said she plans to make the health fair an annual event