Hershey Bears share healthy habits with Lebanon Middle School students

3 min read109 views and 169 shares Posted February 28, 2020

This past Wednesday, players from the Hershey Bears visited Lebanon Middle School along with members of Penn State PRO Wellness to celebrate wellness efforts with local students.

The visit was part of Penn State PRO Wellness’ Healthy Champions initiative, a program that provides schools with free educational materials designed to help inform making healthy choices.

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The Hershey Bears have partnered with Penn State PRO Wellness for the past seven years, according to Penn State PRO Wellness events specialist Amy Rhine. The floor hockey event is an annual tradition that rotates through participating schools. Before the main event—a scrimmage of two student teams, coached by the Bears players—players discuss their own tips for nutrition and physical conditioning.

Although Lebanon Middle School is one of the closer schools geographically to Penn State Hershey, more than 630 schools across the state are participating in the Healthy Champions program this academic year.

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All photos by LebTown photographer Will Trostel.

Axel Jonsson-Fjällby and Garrett Pilon speak to students along with middle school principal Dawn Connelly.
Students were allowed to ask various questions of the players, ranging from queries about their childhood to their diet and hobbies.
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Axel Jonsson-Fjällby answers students questions during the event.
Students take center court to participate in pre-game drills.
Students were shown key pre-game stretches by their coaches.
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Students were shown key pre-game stretches by their coaches. Here, Axel Jonsson-Fjällby leads students through one of his go-to routines.
Students were shown key pre-game stretches by their coaches.
Hershey Bear’s mascot “Coco” drops the puck during the starting faceoff.
Students during gameplay.
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Students during gameplay.
Coco hyped up the crowd during halftime by tossing shirts into the crowd.
Coco hyped up the crowd during halftime by tossing shirts into the crowd.
Coco hyped up the crowd during halftime by tossing shirts into the crowd.
Coco hyped up the crowd during halftime by tossing shirts into the crowd.
Coco looks on during the game.
Group photo after the event.

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