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Dancing is a great way to get moving and get fit! Get a group of friends or go solo and make your own workout video.

 Then go to www.empowerme2b.org to upload the video for a chance to win autographed copies of Sabrina Bryan’s newest BYOU DVD. 

How much junk food is marketed to youth? Is there a tendency of fast food places to be located near school campuses?

Are there a lot of options or places to eat out for someone looking for healthier options?

CB065133All the members of the Youth Advisory Board are taking on Service Projects to implement in their communities to promote healthy living.

The three projects to choose from are:

(1) Community Garden   (2) Healthy Food Drive at Local Food Bank   (3) empowerME @school or empowerME @ life tool education to youth

Personally, I have chosen to go with the Community Garden project. The benefits of community gardens is that it can provide healthy, accessible food for many in a community; help in the movement to “go green” and conserve the environment; make people more self-sufficient; strenghten community bonds; and are an opportunity to promote awareness of environmental and health issues through education.

Currently, I am trying to implement a program through the El Dorado Elementary garden where volunteers can help plant more variety of crops, expand out the garden, provide educational lessons about environmental sustainability and healthy living, and also to teach the students how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals from the crops that they have grown.

Childhood obesity may seem harmless. However, there are many harmful conditions that can arise as a result of obesity.

– High Cholesterol (blocks the arteries and blood cannot move through)

– High Blood Pressure (can lead to stroke or heart attack)

– Type 2 Diabetes (body cannot take in insulin and is prevented from generating enough energy)

– Apnea (trouble breathing when sleeping)

In the long term, it can even kill you by a heart attack or by a stroke. These two are listed as top killers of people in the United States. An unhealthy lifestyle is dangerous to your health. Really think twice before choosing to go to a fast-food restaurant of eat junk food.

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Many kids are currently on Winter Vacation. While it is a time that you should relax, don’t make that an excuse to sleep ALL day, and to play video games/watch television non-stop.

Even though I say this a lot, it is interesting how many kids do just that, including many of my friends.

Winter break is a great time to try to change your lifestyle to a more healthier one. Go outside and walk around. Go and meet your friends someone to play instead of talking to them on the phone on online.

Watch out how many chocolates/candy canes/cupcakes/cookies that you are eating. Actually count them and limit yourself to one or two cookies a day.

At those many holiday parties, limit the amount of food that you put on your plate. Many times you won’t even end up eating everything on it. Eat a little, and if your still hungry come back and put a little bit more on your plate.

Some options are better than others: pick the turkey over the honey ham, the pumpkin pie over the pecan pie, and also eat the dishes that contain a lot of vegetables and fruits.

Go have fun in indoor facilities. You can go indoor ice skating, play basketball, or go to the gym. Now, is a good time to check some of the activities that your local YMCA or Boys and Girls Club offers.

Try to stay away from that screen: television, computer, video games. Instead, why not try some jumping jacks, push-ups, or sit-ups. It will get your blood pumping and soon you will be generating your own warmth.

Try not to eat to many snacks. The thing about winter is that often you may get so bored that eating helps keeps you occupied. Also, some people like to eat in the winter because it makes them feel warm. Instead of eating junk foods, maybe try to drink some organic apple cider or having some granola bites?

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Often times, bad habits are ones developed at home.

 

List 1- Here are some common grocery staples (from my friend’s shopping list:

         Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream

         Pack of Jones Cream Soda

         Loaf of white bread

         Peanut butter and jelly

         Oreo cookies

         Orange juice

         Carton of full-fat milk

         Salami

         Brie Cheese

 

What I noticed was that there were A LOT of bad foods on the list. The ice cream, soda, and oreo cookies are LOADED with SUGAR!

The white bread is made of refined grains and that is not good.

Orange juice is generally ok. Try to look for brands that don’t use so much corn syrup.

Salami and brie cheese is also ok, but don’t eat too much of it. They are loaded with fat.

 

Also, notice that there are NO fruit and vegetables on this list!!!!

 

List 2- Here is an ideal shopping list:

         Whole wheat loaf of bread

         Saltine cracker

         Block of sharp cheddar cheese

         Chicken breast or salmon

         100% apple juice

         Non-fat or soy milk

         Celery, broccoli, carrots

         Bananas and apples

 

You list doesn’t have to be this exact same list given.

BUT if your normal shopping list looks like list number one, try to modify it to start looking like list number 2.

 

 

 

Fall is a great time of year to reclaim your fitness! There are so many ways to do it, what with fruit to be picked, leaves to be raked, gardens to be tended and walks to be had. So get out there and fall into fit!

PICK LOTS OF FRUITS! Apples abound at local farms right now, so plan a fall afternoon outing and pick some fresh apples, which are full of dietary fiber. Eating fruits and vegetables may reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and apples are a delicious snack any time of the day!

LEAVES, LEAVES EVERYWHERE! Whether they’re piling up in your yard or glowing on trees in your nearby park, fall is the best time to get outside with your kids to take a walk and admire the changing colors of the leaves. Jumping in leaf piles is a great fall activity, but make sure you’ve got a couple of rakes handy so that the whole family can pitch in to rake ’em up!

FALL VEGGIE DELIGHT! This is the time of year when the fall harvest is full of yummy seasonal veggies like squash and pumpkin! Both have Vitamin C and Vitamin A and other nutrients that are good for you, so try incorporating some of them into your meals. You can find lots of tasty recipes that use squash or pumpkin at www.yum-o.org.

It has been a while since my last post. I can sincerely say that it is a busy life to be a senior in high school. Excuses aside, I promise to be more commited to this blog.

September was Go Healthy Month, where we tried to reach as many youth as possible and had them pledge to go heathy.

An overview of the month:

From “Punk Rope” demonstrations to farm fresh fruit and veggie stands; from the launch of the ‘myGo Healthy Challenge’ to the Kid-Hosted Forums, the Alliance’s second Go Healthy Month activated kids across the nation to Go Healthy! 

In September kids throughout the U.S. were invited to take the pledge to Go Healthy and participate in an array of fun and healthy events including six Kid-Hosted Forums, ‘Recess by the River’ field day events and the launch of an exciting new interactive online gaming experience called ‘myGo Healthy Challenge’.

Go Healthy Champions in communities across the country worked with the Alliance to educate, engage, and empower youth to take charge of their own health. The hot, new singing sensation Menudo joined the Alliance at a Recess by the River event on September 27th in New York City, where they performed and asked kids to join them to take the Go Healthy Challenge. Former President William J. Clinton shared a special Go Healthy message on the Rachael Ray Show to encourage parents and their kids to recommit to eating healthier and being more physically active. 

The Alliance’s 20-member Youth Advisory Board led the charge to spread the word throughout social networking sites, including the Alliance’s new My Space page as well as their own networks, friends, and families. 

Kids all across the U.S. can take the pledge to Go Healthy at www.igohugo.org!

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