Nancy Leclair and Christine Broadley are from Champion School, North Walpole in Walpole, NH and became Champions on December 19th, 2013 to live, share, model, inspire the Healthy Monadnock 2020 initiative. Nancy and Christine are teachers at North Walpole School. Their school was recognized for all of their hard work around healthy eating and active living in 2013 when Healthy Monadnock 2020 staff worked with their wellness committee to create environmental and policy changes in support of a healthier community and awarded them their school champion banner and Silver designation star!
Nancy and Christine became Champions at the inception of Healthy Monadnock 2020 because of their “lifelong interests and beliefs in living a healthy lifestyle and giving back to our community”, says Nancy. As teachers at North Walpole School, they have done just that in helping to make their school, both students and staff, healthier.
Nancy and Christine truly believe in the importance of physical activity and active living for themselves and their students. This past year, they took it upon themselves to involve their second, third, and fourth grade students in training for the 7th annual Sports Medicine 5K race at Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene on April 12th where their group, the “Thunder Chickens” would run together! Lead “chickens”, Champions, Christine and Nancy formed this running club with support from fellow Champion teachers Jean Kobeski, Amanda Kinson, Amy Paquete, Gayle Bellows and community members Janet Chamberlin and Beth Vickers. The club met two days a week to run together and was designed to help children learn through mental and physical challenge the sense of satisfaction that hard work can bring.
“Undaunted by this winter’s cold New England weather, the “flock” took to the streets”, says Nancy. “You may have heard a loud “Bagawk” as these kids sped by you on their way to racking up miles this season.” Nancy shares that the “chickens” were encouraged to do their best and support each other along the way. The hope is that children will gain a lifelong love of exercise and the outdoors. We believe that the Thunder Chickens did just that!”
Nancy and Christine see the Champions program “bringing awareness for all community members to make positive healthy choices”. “It is our hope that the entire community one day embraces Healthy Monadnock 2020 so we can live in a healthier community!”