BANGOR — What better way to start the new year than with a challenge to be healthier. Beginning this month and for the next eight months, Northern Light Sports Health athletic trainers are rolling out an initiative with RSU 22, RSU 26 and the Bangor School Department to help increase healthy habits and exercise in high school and middle school students.
The first is a Healthy Hydration Challenge where students sign up and receive a packet to track weekly hydration of water, with the overall goal to increase consumption. They will also receive a free water bottle with ounces marked on the side for easy tracking. Each student who successfully tracks for 60/70 days will get a T-shirt. The next challenge concentrates on nutrition and the series will be completed with summer conditioning.
“We’re excited to work with the schools and students that have become a part of our athletic training family over the last several years. These challenges are an exciting way to help enrich their knowledge and come away with healthy habits they can continue to use as they get older,” explains JP Stowe, ATC, program manager, Northern Light Sports Health.
The series is a part of the Medical Center’s 2020 Community Health Improvement Plan and leverages athletic trainers, who are already embedded in the schools, to increase healthy habits and physical exercise among our youth.