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Nebraska Elementary School second-grade teacher Sherri Bradshaw dances during Rosie’s Rockin’ Recess.

Elementary encourages healthy living

– Students and teachers at Nebraska Elementary had a rockin’ day Thursday to promote healthy lifestyles.

Radio Disney, Managed Health Services and RosieRoo – the health services’ kangaroo mascot – visited the school as part of the Rosie’s Rockin’ Recess event designed to get students excited about exercise.

“We’re here today to get students and teachers up and moving and talk about healthy versus unhealthy foods,” Eric Yancy said.

Yancy, Managed Health Services’ chief medical officer, said too often students are handed electronics and allowed to sit inside instead of playing outside and staying active.

“Some of these kids have a tablet or computer handed to them from the time they are what seems like three days old,” Yancy said. “… We want to motivate them to get up and get moving and stay healthy.”

Managed Health Services donated an obstacle course with hula hoops, Frisbees, balls and hurdles for students to use during gym class.

On Thursday, the Nebraska Elementary gymnasium was packed with more than 200 students and staff as they participated in dance-offs and jump rope contests, hula hoop challenges and more.

Students cheered with foam fingers and pompoms as they watched several of their teachers bounce, shimmy and shake during the dance contest set to songs heard on Radio Disney.

Students also played “Is This Healthy?” and were asked to vote for healthy and unhealthy foods as Yancy removed items such as orange juice, Mountain Dew, a banana and Cheetos snacks from a bag.

As each item was lifted from the bag, students shouted “yes” or “no” to determine which foods they might encourage their parents to buy for a healthier lifestyle.