Appleton school students, staff Go Red For Women

By Kim Lincoln | Feb 05, 2017
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Students and staff at Appleton Village School participate Feb. 3 in the National Go Red Day to support the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women awareness campaign.

Appleton — The students and staff at Appleton Village School wore red Feb. 3 on National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for women and their fight against heart disease and stroke.

The awareness day kicks off an entire month of learning about healthy habits for students at the kindergarten-to-eighth-grade school. February is American Heart Month.

"We are celebrating Go Red for Women to bring awareness to women across our nation and heart disease. Our goal here at Appleton Village School is to teach our children to have healthy habits so they can live healthy lives,” said school nurse Sonya Frederick, who is organizing the month of events.

One in every four women has heart disease, she said. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

The cause also hits close to home for Frederick, as she suffered a stroke in 2009. Her father and grandfather also each had strokes and her mother has a pacemaker, while other women close to her are survivors of congenital heart defects, heart disease and stroke.

"My goal is prevention," she said. "By starting healthy habits now, it will help them live healthy heart lives."

The school is working on developing a wellness policy that incorporates increased physical activity, such as movement breaks in the classrooms, increased physical education and recess time, and offering more mealtime options for students. Getting students more active leads to better attendance, better academics and all-around healthier kids, she said.

An AVS Heart Smarts bulletin board in the school's hallway is filled with students' pledges of a heart health goal and what they can do to stay healthy. Frederick is also updating the board near her office with new information and facts each week. This week, the board is filled with information about President Lyndon B. Johnson's first declaring February as National Heart Month in 1964.

Throughout the month, Frederick has various heart activities planned for the students. On Feb. 3, the eighth-graders learned CPR.

Frederick will donate $1 for every student or staff member who wore red to school. She estimated about 90 percent participated, so she plans to send a $150 check to the American Heart Association in the school's name.

Courier Publications Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at

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Appleton Village School nurse Sonya Frederick discusses the importance of heart health. (Video by: Kim Lincoln)
Appleton Village School nurse Sonya Frederick, right, shows eighth-grader Owen Pendleton, center, proper hand placement while performing CPR during a Feb. 3 lesson at the school. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Kristen Shackelford, standing, second from right, teaches Appleton Village School eighth-grader Owen Bragg, right, how to open a person's airway during a Feb. 3 lesson at the school. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Gideon Sullivan, left, an eighth-grader at Appleton Village School, learns how to perform CPR on an infant Feb. 3 from school nurse Sonya Frederick. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
In addition to 90 percent of the student body wearing red on Feb. 3, the students also were treated to Jello hearts during lunch. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Comments (2)
Posted by: KERYN LAITE | Feb 06, 2017 09:28

well...........everyone is entitled to there own opinion

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Feb 05, 2017 14:34

With all its inherent potential for distress, I prefer February as a month more focused on Valentine's Day, and love, and that kind of "heart."  Do we benefit from viewing human bodies as accidents waiting to happen.  Do we need to turn human bodies into a "cause"?  Doing so has done little to increase our knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and, ultimately, better health and a more joyful life.  What pathologizing is successful at doing is increasing the coffers of those who benefit from doing so.  The American Heart Association, (AHA), for example, has net assets of over $800 million dollars.  And I would argue that their "brand" on many foods available in grocery stores doesn't exactly constitute healthy eating. 

Wherever those dollars to be contributed to the AHA come from, those dollars would be better spent by contributing them to a scholarship fund to enhance student education, rewarding them, for example, for excellence in their understanding of human anatomy and physiology, or to programs in the creative arts, well-documented as to their contribution to overall health.  But why is there a monetary component involved in the school's program at all?  (The quick answer to that is twofold:  to engage students at an early age in social causes, and behavior modification via financial investment).  But what is the benefit directly to students?

As to the jello hearts with some kind of topping.  What ingredients are in modern-day jello and that topping, and do they promote or inhibit health?  One view, (a personal favorite), is that, in moderation, an individual feels such a sense of happiness when eating it, that the detrimental effects of those ingredients is lessened, if not cancelled out entirely.  The other is more science-based.  Given the latter, fudge made with cane sugar and whole milk is a healthier option.




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