HOUGHTON - With word of an impending blizzard, Houghton Middle School students got a couple of hours Thursday morning to enjoy some rare good weather as part of the school's Cabin Fever day.
The 300 middle-school students learned about making good nutrition choices and also had their pick of exercise activities for the program, the first such one at the school.
Based on the success, they'd like to bring it back for next year, said Principal Julie Filpus.
Houghton Middle School sixth-graders Shelly Chu and Alexis Williamson sit in an outdoor winter shelter during the school’s Cabin Fever day Thursday. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Garrett Neese)
"I think it's important that we provide wellness, and healthy eating," she said. "We live in an area with many great outdoor opportunities, and we just want to expose kids to them."
The 300 middle school students had a healthy breakfast before watching a presentation by Kelly Aho, health education nurse at Portage Health and registered dietitian Lexie Weber on sugary drinks and breakfast foods.