Parkside challenge targets good habits

PARKSIDE STUDENTS are challenging themselves to change their habits and reach goals for a more healthy life.

PARKSIDE STUDENTS are challenging themselves to change their habits and reach goals for a more healthy life.

“It started off with ‘what does 20 days mean to you,” said teacher Trygve Sort.

“Changing habits too is another big thing,” he said.

Part of the 20-day challenge involves exercise but also to work on a healthy mind and making healthy choices, said Sort.

“A lot of the kids, I guess you say exercise wasn’t their thing in school,” said Sort.

“So just to get them to step outside their comfort zone and try something new,” he said about one of the ideas behind the challenge.

“Every Monday the school does a short assembly and watches a few clips and goes over a few things,” said Sort.

One group chose to go to the dojo and one group is bellydancing, another does yoga and another walks or hikes.

“Some students definitely surprised me,” said Sort.

Some students have weight issues and they’re getting into exercising and are tracking how their weights are improving.

Along the way, students are coming up with quotes and inspirational videos to share with their classmates and the teachers are taking part too, said Sort.

“The cool thing is the staff’s coming with motivational videos and quotes too,” said Sort.

As the days have passed, more students have become involved in the challenge and staff are keeping track of how many make it though the entire 20 days.