STAR, Idaho - Despite the threat of a thunderstorm, hundreds of Star Elementary students and Star residents joined representatives from St. Luke's Health System in celebrating a new walking and running track at Star Elementary.
The event featured races for the children, education and health activities including bike safety, blood pressure checks and free milk provided by the Idaho Dairy Council. St. Luke's executive director of community health and two-time gold medalist Kristin Armstrong was on hand kick off the celebration and to sign autographs.
Students from the volunteer group One Stone donned fruit costumes and got things rolling with a great musical number encouraging everyone to eat healthy.
While the track is located at the elementary school it will be available for use by the entire Star community. St. Luke's is also committed to continue working with Star Elementary and the community to help improve the overall health of the population.
To help encourage the community and school's use of the track, St. Luke's has committed to providing a health coach on a part-time basis to help develop a run/walk program and a fitness program, and to assist with an organized running and walking club called the "Star Steppers." Experts from St. Luke's will also provide quarterly education seminars at Star Elementary for students, parents and the community that will focus on such things as nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
"Supporting a track in the community of Star supports St. Luke's mission of improving the health of people in our region," said Chris Roth, CEO of St. Luke's Treasure Valley, "But it goes well beyond our mission because it will bring incredible value to the school and the community by offering the students and community members of Star a safe place, to walk, run and participate in activities that not only build a community, but improve the health of everyone involved."
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Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.