Students engage in a nerf gun battle Wednesday at the Collicutt Centre as part of Red Deer Public Schools Healthy Active Schools Sympsosium. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)

Students engage in a nerf gun battle Wednesday at the Collicutt Centre as part of Red Deer Public Schools Healthy Active Schools Sympsosium. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)

WATCH: Red Deer students get active, healthy

Healthy Active Schools Symposium takes place in schools

More than 200 students from across Red Deer Public Schools participated in a day of art, dance, activity, healthy eating and leadership.

Students made healthy snacks, learned about activities they can bring to their school, had a Nerf gun war and an obstacle course relay race.

Health Action Teams gathered at the Collicutt to share ideas about health and active living initiatives. There they had a slew of activities to participate in including an obstacle course relay race, Nerf gun battles, healthy snack making and gym activities. Students ranged in age from Grades 4 to 11.

“We have activities the kids will learn and take back to their schools,” said Lomsnes. “An important part of the day is a sharing session, where different schools share different initiatives revolving around nutrition, mental wellness and physical activity.”

Paige Roslinsky has attended the event for the past five years, the Eastview Middle School student said having everyone being active and involved in fun activities made it a great day.

“Everyone is working together and having fun,” said Roslinsky, who has taken healthy food activities and dances.

“Like the rainbow food week, it gets everyone to participate in eating healthy.”

“It’s a great day and each year it has evolved and gotten better,” said Lomsnes. “It’s a real highlight for the kids and the work they’ve done in the year.

“This year, instead of travelling to the schools, we’ve mixed them together.”

The program is supported by the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools and 360 Fitness. The Collicutt Centre provided some equipment and staff as part of the day.

Kaitlin Rose, a teacher with Red Deer Public Schools, said some healthy initiatives in the schools came out of the past days. An example is a smoothie day, where smoothies are made and sold to students.

“We’ve had an Olympics Day, which was very physically active,” said Rose. “We’ve had box kids, which is a morning workout class for the kids. We’ve done so much this year.”



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Students run a relay race through an obstacle course Wednesday at the Collicutt Centre as part of Red Deer Public Schools Healthy Active Schools Sympsosium. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)

Students run a relay race through an obstacle course Wednesday at the Collicutt Centre as part of Red Deer Public Schools Healthy Active Schools Sympsosium. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)

Students engage in a nerf gun battle Wednesday at the Collicutt Centre as part of Red Deer Public Schools Healthy Active Schools Sympsosium. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)

Students engage in a nerf gun battle Wednesday at the Collicutt Centre as part of Red Deer Public Schools Healthy Active Schools Sympsosium. (Photo by MURRAY CRAWFORD/Advocate staff)