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Detroit Red Wings partner with Hoover Elementary to teach students healthy living

One Lincoln Park elementary school got a lesson on healthy living from the Detroit Red Wings organization Oct. 5.

As part of the team’s school assembly program, Hoover Elementary students were treated to an interactive presentation on the importance of education and health.

“We are always trying to encourage our students to get up, get out and be active,” said principal Katherine Stepulla. “Hosting programs like this (is) just a small part of what we do in Lincoln Park to combat childhood obesity.”

At the conclusion of the assembly, the Detroit Red Wings Assembly Program presented a full set of street hockey equipment to the students.

“Our students were excited that the Red Wings School Assembly Program made a stop at Hoover,” Stepulla said. “The looks on their faces when we received the street hockey equipment were priceless.”

Through the program, the Red Wings have introduced nearly 50,000 students to the sport of hockey, while also emphasizing the importance of education and the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Lincoln Park Public Schools are participating in two other statewide initiatives encouraging students to be healthy.

Michigan Model for Health is a skills-based health education curriculum that aims to make young people “happier and healthier.” The PE-Nut program is a nutrition and physical education program utilizing a “whole-school approach” to motivate students, parents and educators to be physically active and eat healthier.

Stepulla said the Red Wings’ visit helps bolster this work.

“We are thankful to the Detroit Red Wings organization for visiting our school to reinforce our efforts to encourage students to be active and live healthy lives,” she said. “I look forward to seeing how the students respond to this new information.”

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