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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 5A Stacy Fisher Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.corn Chester High School seventh and eighth graders gathered in the school's gymnasium as part of Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 27, where they rode a stationary bike that powered an attached blender modified to make orange smoothies. Students took turns riding the bike as fellow classmates stood around watching in anticipation, or tried a tightrope-like machine called a slackline that uses a wide red ribbon for kids to balance their way across while they waited for the delicious smoothie drinks to be prepared. Holiday Market donated all of the ingredients for the smoothies, which consisted of orange juice, bananas, and spinach. The Red Ribbon campaign is designed to raise awareness of students to the importance of healthy eating habits in conjunction with regular physical activity for lifelong health, explained Laura Kincaid, student services coordinator with the Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Unified School District. She said, "Rather than telling kids what not to do -- like takihg drugs -- it's more of a positive message that we wanted to express, appealing to them to 'ride a bike,' or 'make a healthy smoothie,' and 'get out and be physically active.'" In support of Red Ribbon Week, Zach Revene, project director for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Megan Manssield, health education specialist, teamed with the Zach Revene, project director for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, carries a plastic container filled with fresh orange juice, bananas, and spinach ready for blending. Photos by Stacy Fisher Plumas County Public Health Agency to put on similar events during the year. They were on hand to help set up the smoothie-making apparatus. Revene said SNAP, which is funded through a USDA federal grant, provides targeted education and outreach programs to eligible groups, low-income individuals and school-age kids. "This program -- which is just three years old -- serves people Of all ages from preschool to senior citizens," he said, "promoting active lifestyles," while diverting people away from damaging behaviors like poor nutrition, violence, smoking and drug use. "We're trying to improve the level of residents' physical activity by incorporating routines into what people do already," he explained, adding that the program also places a strong emphasis on the benefits of healthy life-long eating habits. Revene said partnering with the Plumas County See Ribbon, page 6A Chester High School student Jordan Smith checks her progress whipping up a tasty orange smoothie for her class using pedal power as part of Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 27 at Chester High School. Richard K. Stockton State Farm Agent 65 W. Main Street Quincy, CA 95971 Bus: 530-283-0565 From cars to trucks and motorcycles to RVs, let State Farm Bankfinance or refinance all your vehicles. Bank with a good neighbor CALL ME TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR COMPETITIVE RATES. Students wait their turn on the red ribbon balance beam during Red Ribbon Week. Eighth grader Colin McNeil tries his balancing skills on the slackline tightrope that uses a red ribbon instead of a rope in the Chester High gymnasium. NOV. 7