Bridget Skocdopole participating in a tae-kwon-do session led by Dave Hargraeves at the Stettler Middle School convention on Wednesday

Bridget Skocdopole participating in a tae-kwon-do session led by Dave Hargraeves at the Stettler Middle School convention on Wednesday

Students learn importance of health and wellness

Stettler Middle School hosted a convention for students to teach them about improving health and wellness in their daily lives

Students at Stettler Middle School learned about improving their personal health and wellness at last week’s student convention on Wednesday, May 13.

The school holds the convention every three years so that every student gets to participate in it once in their middle school life.

“We try to cover all of the aspects of wellness,” said Karen Bromley, a teacher at Stettler Middle School.

There were plenty of activities for the kids to choose from throughout the day, addressed by 39 guest speakers. Each of the 300 students went to five sessions during the day.

Sessions included tae-kwon-do, dance, golf, cribbage, cooking, personal hygiene and more, covering healthy eating, exercise, environment and mental health.

Some of the activities were off campus, including trips to the skate park and the library.

The convention’s keynote speaker was Leighann Reimer, former professional basketball player who attended high school in Stettler.

She spoke to the students about the importance of being coachable not just in sports but also in life.

Bromley said the best part of the convention was exposing kids to different subjects other than academics.

“There are so many areas of wellness that we can look after, and giving them that exposure is really important,” she said. “This is about wellness in your life forever.”