Fair offers good diet of health-related advice

Leah Silvieus

This past week, students were encouraged to think twice about booze and burgers.On Feb. 28, students, teachers and community organizations collaborated on the 9 News health fair, bringing exhibits, games and information about various health issues. For the committee, made up of 17 students and led by health teacher Virginia Beaumont, the fair has been a work in progress.”We have been working pretty intensely since December,” Beaumont said.Counselor Beth Sass contacted 9 News, and Rifle High School entered into a drawing to see if it would be sponsored to participate in the fair. Seventy schools throughout Colorado participated this year, and Rifle High School hopes to make it an annual event.”Hopefully, with it being a thing with a lot of community support, students can get refreshed on all health topics instead of just in health freshman year,” said Beaumont. “It’s hands-on, general information and awareness for all classes.”The student volunteer committee was made up of students who had an interest in going into the health field after high school. On a training day in December, each student was instructed about each station so that they were able to rotate between them.”I’ve been thinking about (being) a doctor, in the ER or in trauma,” said Jenny Hughes, junior. “(The fair) gives us practical knowledge and helps us learn how to help people.”The stations at the health fair ranged from nutrition to organ donation, but according to the students, adolescent tobacco and alcohol prevention were among the most important to RHS. At one station, participants donned “fatal vision glasses” which refracted vision, simulating what it would be like to be drunk. They then attempted to shoot baskets, realizing how much their accuracy was affected by alcohol.”Even if you only have one drink, it affects people more than they think it does,” said Natalia Coe, junior. “Drugs are a lot worse.”In addition to the student participants, organizations also set up booths. Among these was the donor Awareness Council. The organization found that students are interested in their health and what they can do to help others.”What I find is that generally people 40 (and older) have issues with organ and tissue donation, but the younger generation, everyone’s a donor,” said adult donor Awareness Council volunteer Allen Pettyjohn of Denver.”In ages 15-30, everyone’s a donor because they’ve seen (donations) touch people’s lives at a younger age and they heard more about it.Congratulations to Torrin Bowden, Amber Davis, Megan McBride, Julia Stover and Katie Vaccaro, who auditioned for and made it to Western Slope Honor Choir, which took place this past weekend in Gunnison.In sports, there’s a Rifle track scrimmage at 9 a.m. on Saturday. This Friday, the Varsity boys baseball plays (H) at Alameda at 3 p.m. The boys baseball team plays at Meeker (H), the JV at 11, and the Varsity at 1 p.m. On Saturday, Girls soccer plays (H) Summit, Varsity at 11 a.m., and JV at 1 p.m.

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