Greenville elementary students promote health

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:02 pm on Thursday, May 02, 2013

In part of promoting health and wellness, students from Baldwin Heights Elementary School walk from the school to M-91 along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail on Wednesday as part of the ACES walk. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — With temperatures into the 80s on Wednesday, students had the perfect opportunity to be outside, not just for education, but to promote health and wellness.

All Baldwin Heights Elementary School students participated in a walk on Wednesday designed to promote health and wellness as part of the Michigan Fitness Foundation program.

Baldwin Heights Elementary Principal Michael Walsh said the walk called All Children Exercising Simultaneously or ACES started at the school and every student walked to M-91 along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail.

Students from the running club at Baldwin Heights Elementary School led the way Wednesday morning during the ACES walk, which included every student from the school. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

“It’s an amazing schoolwide event to promote some healthy choices among our students at Baldwin Heights,” Walsh said. “We love getting the kids outside and exercising to continue driving home the idea that making healthy choices and exercising is an important part of the development of the whole child.”

Leading the pack during the ACES walk was the student running club who ran the whole time from the school to M-91 and back.

The students seemed to be having fun being outside with friends enjoying the perfect weather and laughing with each other.

According to fourth graders Aidan Dowdell, 10, and Jeffery Lantz, 10, running was their favorite part of the event.

“I just love to run,” Dowdell said. “The school running club just got done, so I liked being out here.”

Lantz agreed with Dowdell saying he loves to run and wants to keep doing it.

“I want to run track in the seventh grade,” Lantz said. “My family did track and I want to, too.”

All the students were accompanied by teachers and chaperones during the ACES walk.

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