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Feb 6, 2015 2:28 PM

Dartmouth-Hitchcock takes Imagine campaign to Kearsage Regional High School


NORTH SUTTON - Students at Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton take a pledge in a campaign called "Imagine Healthier Me." They hope other schools will follow their lead.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Imagine campaign to inspire people to make better health choices is a perfect match for the Kearsarge High School Fit for Life class.

Kearsage Physical Ed teacher Zach Matthews said, "That's what got me so excited about this is when Deborah and her group came in we really just gave it up to the kids, and the kids had total ownership over it over the process."

Students designed a pledge with the hope of inspiring themselves and other students to do things like eat healthier, exercise more, and make smart choices.

Student Haley Andersson said, "That's the whole point of the program is it's in the student's voice, so I hope it takes off."

Student Mercedes Gorman said, "I would love to see other schools around the state be able to look at this pledge we created and connect with it and feel it speaks for what they want out of their lives and their future.

The class of juniors and seniors launching the campaign are at the perfect age to start seriously considering their health choices.

Dartmouth Spokesperson Deborah Turcott said, "They're going off to college, to work, to the service, and they're parents aren't going to be around. They're the ones who are going to choose their next physician, what they're going to do on a Friday night and we want to make sure they have the tools they need to make great choices for themselves.

Anyone can take the pledge. For more information, click here.


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