Strough Middle School students learn about healthy lifestyles


ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Congressmen Richard Hanna introduced an interactive game to students at Strough Middle School on Tuesday that teaches students about living a healthy lifestyle and discouraging underage drinking.

Hanna joined forces with The Century Council, the creators of "Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix" program, a not-for-profit organization funded by distillers across the country.

"Life is always better when you are sober," said Congressman Richard Hanna. "Life is always better if you are in control of yourself and there are a great many ways to enjoy your life fully that don't require any artificial means or support of drugs and alcohol especial."

The program uses video-game like simulation as students run on a mat on the floor and their footsteps correspond with movements on the screen.

At various checkpoints throughout the game, students are given a health-related question or a question about underage drinking to answer.

"Kids love games," said Tracy O' Rourke, Principal of Strough Middle School. "I think it is very appropriate the game that came out not only reinforces physical fitness, but also asks questions about underage drinking and decisions students are often faced with."

The program is based on research by Harvard Medical School that shows a person's brain functions best when the body is in motion.

"I think it is a good exercise about learning at once," said Autumn Powell, a 7th Grader st Strough. "It's like 'functional;' fun and educational at once."

"I don't do drugs and I don't drink or anything like that, but I have learned you shouldn't do that, because it could hurt you when you are older," said Destiny Brown, a 7th Grader.

The program comes at no cost to Strough Middle School.

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