Spotlight

Eating healthy? Not easy, but worth it.

Beyonce eatting an apple

How often do you see celebrities promoting whole fruits and vegetables?
Screen grab from Let’s Move

by Emilio De Los Angles

There are lots of things that can impact the way you determine and view what you eat and your activities. Today the media is used to introduce us to the latest fad diets and weight loss pills. We are being influenced to consume cheap food with low nutrition content. This also includes the stereotypical personas shown to us on those ads or commercials. These portrayals only make us narrow our notions of what we can eat and do.

 

But let’s go back one step, let’s talk about you and your goal of becoming more healthy and stronger. The easiest way to start is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat, lean proteins, and reading the nutrition labels of the products you are going to consume! Obesity is increasing in America, this means that people are beginning to experience the side effects of an unbalanced diet. These include heart problems, cholesterol, and diabetes. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to give more effort and time to be more cautious for the sake of my health?”. You will often find yourself blocked by the lack of support, and the confusing nutrition labels, but you can do it if you want it. Make sure your circle of friends and family knows about your decision and if they value you they will give their support. “Am I ready to begin eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and reading nutrition labels carefully?” If your answer to both of these questions were yes, I congratulate you; you are taking a step that will take you far in life.

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Spotlight: Validus Preparatory High School , Bronx

Validus Prep, a small high school of about 350 students in the Claremont section of the Bronx, has been an over-achiever for years in the EATWISE program. They’ve done it again this year, with the introduction of an internship class, which has provided our EATWISE intern for this year. The class, led by Ms. Perez, aims to get teens active in their communities and professional settings. The school also partners with Outward Bound (their full school name is Validus Preparatory High School: An Expeditionary Learning School) which supports getting students out into the great outdoors. Their PSAL double dutch team is one of the best in the city!  Over the years, Validus has supported all sorts of initiatives to help their students and families live healthier lives, including distributing fresh produce through the school. Many thanks to the school, Deyla, Moneia, Mariama, Zhamedra, Maria, and Chasity for their hard work over the years!
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Spotlight: Brooklyn International High School, Brooklyn

Brooklyn International is another very special high school that we work with in EATWISE.  Located in a building overlooking the Manhattan Bridge, BIHS houses about 350 students, all of whom are recent immigrants to the USA.  I love walking around their school seeing the mix of faces and hearing the various languages that are spoken there. We’ve worked with students from Haiti, Equador, Mexico, and many more. The school fits in really well with the program, as everyone that attends the school is learning English, and assimilating to American culture.  I’ve heard some amazing discussion at BIHS about the food system in the US compared to countries all over the word, as well as some rough stories about lives in developing countries.  The school is one of EATWISE’s oldest partners dating back to the days before the program was even named! Many thanks to Ms. Rucker and Ms. Borgese for their support and Katherine, Joselyn, Kassandra, Mishka, Adler, Maria, and Tony for all the hard work!
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Spotlight: New Dorp High School, Staten Island

This is New Dorp High School.  New Dorp High School is huge.
New Dorp High School has been an All-Star for going on three years in the EATWISE program.  Assisted by their incredible health and physiology teacher, Ms. Kutza, students from New Dorp have reached well over 200 of their peers through a variety of workshops and activities.  We’re now on to our third generation of peer educators, all of whom have been outstanding!  New Dorp’s 2709 students are broken out into 8 smaller learning communities:  Communication and Media Arts, Fine and Dramatic Arts, Business and Technology, Future Teachers, Forensic Science and Criminology, Health Sciences, Law, History and Human Rights, and Math and Science.  EATWISE has always worked with the Health Sciences community, which means we always have a ton of students that are really interested in nutrition and health.  Big ups to Patrycja, Elif, Anton, Rajpreet, Russell, Annum, Razan for all of their hard work!

 

 

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