While childhood obesity remains a concern, students at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School are taking nutrition and wellness one step further with Project Appalachian Trail Trek in the 2005-06 school year.
Students will literally monitor their steps toward health with a pedometer as they walk through the school year and mark their paths on Appalachian Trail maps in each classroom. The program was developed with a grant from Summit Endowment’s Investing in Tomorrow’s Community Health program and focuses on individualized health.
According to the school nurse, more than 25 percent of G-AMS students are overweight or obese. Project Appalachian Trail Trek was designed for the middle school as a way to focus on lifelong health and wellness.