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Wellness Fair gets students moving

Rene ShadforthSierra Sun
Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra SunSeventh-grader Sarah Samuels sees how high she can jump at Wednesday's Wellness Fair.
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Students at Alder Creek Middle School had an excuse to get out of class on Wednesday for the biannual Wellness Fair.As classic rock pumped through the loud speakers of the schools gym, enthusiastic students tried everything from the Diablo a two-handed yo-yo to holding a model of five pounds of fat.[The Wellness Fair] teaches kids not only about different sports, it teaches them how to get fit. It makes fitness fun, said Katie Dill, an eighth grader and peer helper at Alder Creek, who was sitting at the Diablo station to help her fellow students. Its fun because it gets everyone involved its not just a couple of kids. Everyone has to do it.The Wellness Fair is held every two years at the Truckee middle school. In the gym students learned about body mass index, blood pressure and heart rate, and they participate in activities like a standing long jump, three-minute step test and a vertical jump.In the cafetorium, students listened to wellness presentations. Speakers included Larry Larson from Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy, Jim Coffee from Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue and Angelo Tenorio from the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District.But the day wasnt just about learning there were also physical fitness tests for prizes. Physical education teacher John Besio, who was just as enthusiastic about the day as the students, shouted the names of record-holders over the loud speaker.As a teacher at the middle school for the past 31 years, Besio has seen the importance of the Wellness Fair for students.It lets them know that fitness is important, he said. Itll help them for the rest of their lives, and maybe they can develop a healthy lifestyle.