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Champion Stories - January 2013

Dana CarleyChampion, Dana Carley

In September 2000, my third son started first grade and it was the first day all three of my children would be in school for 6 hours! I thought, what should I do? I climbed Mount Monadnock! I'd done it before, but it was so exhilarating I decided I'd do it again the following week, with my friend Jacqui T. We both loved it and there began our weekly commitment to the mountain! After 5 years Jacqui moved away but luckily I found a new crazy friend, Denise G., to commit to the weekly obsession! My youngest son is now a freshman in college and Denise and I still coordinate our schedules for our weekly hike. Sure we miss a week here or there, but it is very important to us to make the climb.

There are many benefits that we feel through this activity. We have deepened our friendship and support of one another over our many "therapy sessions"! We feel so content and happy when we are finished. We give our muscles and lungs great exercise. We feel proud of ourselves for our commitment! It creates a desire to plan longer hikes in other places. Jacqui and I did a 4 day hike on the Milford Track in New Zealand. Denise and I have done a number of overnight (hut and tent) hikes in the White Mountains. I am also compelled to include more activities in my regular schedule: walk, snow shoe, run, yoga, bike, ski...the list goes on!

One of the most frequent questions we get is "you do it even through the winter?", to which we say "ABSOLUTELY!" winter is actually the best in our opinion! If you are properly attired, and that includes warm outerwear, crampons, micro spikes, or snow shoes, it is a fabulous experience! Getting out and moving is a great way to keep a healthy mind and body! Come join us sometime!

Healthiest Community Champion School, Mt Caesar School
Champion art teacher, Judy Lundahl shares their next step in their 5-2-1-0 comprehensive program:

“We have started the next phase, which is involving the parents a bit.  We are sending the tracking forms home, asking the kids to fill them out at home and bring them back the next week. Only the kids who participate at least 4 out of 6 weeks will be invited to the next celebration.  We hope that this will encourage more kids to buy into doing the work of living 5-2-1-0!” – Champion, Judy Lundahl

Champion, Annie Rowell

Annie shares that Winchester School, as they become a Healthiest Community Champion School, their Wellness Committee is looking for a community representative to sit on their committee.  The Wellness Committee is charged with making our school and community as healthy as it can be.” If you are interested, please contact Annie Rowell at the school (603) 239 4381 x268.

Champion, Garrett Plifka

I just wanted to share that my friend and I did a Hurricane Sandy clothing drive on campus at Keene State during October and November. We drove to Bridgeport, CT on Saturday December 1st and dropped off lots of bags of clothes, toiletries and warm mittens and hats for victims. Although I didn’t know anyone personally who was affected by the storm, it was great to know that we helped people who we go to school with, and their families, which is really rewarding.