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      Learning first hand about healthy choices you can make in life

      More than 400 Keokuk Middle School students got an education about making healthy and smart choices.

      More than 400 Keokuk Middle School students got an education about making healthy and smart choices.

      But it wasn't just based on a class lecture.

      It was a day of learning through hands on activities.

      The students learned about everything from fitness, to substance abuse, the Air Evac helicopter, to could you survive in the wilderness by yourself.

      Gary Benda is the Keokuk Middle School principal. He said this is the first year for Body Shop Health and Wellness Fair.

      "It's an awesome way for kids to learn about healthy choices and healthy decisions just in a whole different way," Benda said.

      Kids got to experience a little bit of everything. From wearing goggles to simulate being intoxicated, to even trying a few dance moves with the dance craze party provided by the Horner YMCA. The U.S. Coast Guard even showed up to discuss fitness and what it takes to be stationed on the cutter Sciota based in Keokuk.

      "And I really liked the K-9 unit, because I have my own dog. So it's really cool to see all similarities and how I can train her and everything to be a really cool dog," 8th grader Kara Kavanagh said.

      "You know I really like all of it. I kind of like the unit about the gambling and stuff. I thought that was kind of cool to realize how much that impacted us," another 8th grader, Trystan Grisham said.

      Benda said these activities and informational booths that were in the gym provide a great alternative to the kids. Instead of sitting in the classroom and listening, it's a hands on activity that will be held at the school for years to come.

      Two other stations that addressed the students where about gaming and gambling issues, as well as the dangers of texting and inappropriate behavior that sometimes is tied to that as well.