Wellness Fair offers useful tips

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Herkimer junior high students got to learn about nutrition, hygiene, fitness, health and much more during a Wellness Fair on Tuesday.

Organized by the sixth-grade teachers and middle school guidance counselor Suzanne O’Brien, the Wellness Fair brought in guest speakers from the community to share information with sixth- and seventh-graders.

Speakers included representatives from Bassett Healthcare, the American Heart Association, Herkimer Veterinary Associates, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, and more. Herkimer Police Chief Michael Jory spoke to students about the dangers of e-cigarettes, and students also had the chance to do a workout in the gym that they could repeat on their own at home.

According to Suzanne O’Brien, the goal of the event was to provide tips, information and resources that students could easily use and understand.

Mrs. O’Brien said students, teachers and presenters said they enjoyed the Wellness Fair.

“Everyone gave good feedback,” Mrs. O’Brien said. “They enjoyed it, and we hit a lot of good topics.”

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