CHS Wins Boston Moves For Health Challenge
The local high school received a $700 award for students' efforts to track and increase their daily steps.
Charlestown High School recently beat out Fenway High School, Snowden and Boston International Academy to win the Boston Moves For Health Challenge. On Monday, headmaster William Thomas, along with students and staff, accepted the award of $750.
“This was a great opportunity for our students to compete and stay healthy,” Thomas said.
During the month of February, five CHS students tracked how many steps they took using pedometers. At the end of the month, Boston Moves for Health measured which competing high school had the most mileage racked up. Charlestown High School won with a total of 110 miles walked by its five students.
“As an athlete I have to be walking a lot, and this made me push myself to walk more,” CHS senior Sara Centeio said. “I definitely wanted to win.”
On an average school day, Centeio walked 1,000 steps. For her best week, she walked 8,499 steps. While she’s an athlete and spends a lot of time on the field, the Boston Moves for Health Challenge made Centeio think about physical fitness off the field as well.
“It’s important for me to stay really active,” she said, “no matter what I’m doing.”
Charlestown High School’s student walk-a-thon was coordinated by Briana Thevenin. Employed by Boston Scholar Athletes, Thevenin works at the high school to guarantee student success by linking athletic and academic success. She supports all current and potential student-athletes through after-school study halls, SAT prep classes, grade check-ins and other academic activities.
“This was a fun way to engage students with thinking about their daily physical fitness and looking at how that’s relevant to their general health,” Thevenin said. “Plus the kids had tons of fun doing it.”
The prize of $750 will be spent on new physical fitness equipment and materials to support health awareness for all CHS students.