EATON TWP. — Shoes went flying in all directions Tuesday as Midview students flocked to the inflatables that resembled “American Ninja Warrior” obstacle courses.
Side by side, students climbed over walls, barreled in between “walls” and slid down slides in competition with each other.
But it was all in good fun.
Tuesday marked the third annual “United We Sweat” field day at Ross Field at Midview High School. Sponsored by the Ross Foundation, the field day promotes wellness activities that are easy for the whole family to encourage ongoing healthy lifestyle choices to everyone in the community.
As the day progressed, students in grades five through eight took turns learning how to properly plank, lunge and squat. They also played tug-of-war, chased balls and lifted up a large parachute.
Most of the students didn’t even acknowledge they were engaging in mini workout sessions, said field day coordinator Lisa Augustine.
Augustine said that is the beauty.
“Not everyone can or wants to play sports, so they can find movement in other ways through chasing a flying scarf or jumping through hula hoops,” Augustine said.
Eighth-grader Aaron Battle, 13, enjoys the annual field day because as a middle-schooler, he does not have the opportunity to go outside during school hours.
“I miss recess,” Aaron said.
Fellow classmate Bridget Moran, 13, is thankful Midview was able to bring the program back to the schools again this year.
“It’s really fun,” she said. “It just goes to show you that exercising can be fun.”
Having fun while staying fit is the hidden message behind the field day, said Ryan Aroney, United Way of Lorain County marketing and development director.
Aroney said the field day provided youths an opportunity to get active and learn accessible ways to stay fit.
“It’s always an amazing site to see nearly 1,000 kids come marching out of the schools with their youthful energy,” he said.
United We Sweat is a communitywide collaborative. The Common VIEW Community Collaborative includes nine partners working within the Clearview and Midview school districts to provide wrap-around services that address the connection between healthy behaviors and academic achievement. Partners of United We Sweat include French Creek Family YMCA, Lorain COunty Community College, Lorain County General Health District, Lorain County Metro Parks, University Hospitals Avon Health Center and United Way of Greater Lorain County.
“Our goal is not only to host a great one-time event that teaches valuable lessons, but to develop a long-term supportive environment that allows for the students to implement and maintain the lessons learned here today,” Aroney said.