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Leal For A Better "YOU"

Sonia Marin,   A Leal Jr Middle
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Leal For A Better "YOU"

The entire student body and staff at Armando Leal Middle School participated in our Leal “Walk For A Better Heart” to bring awareness to the importance of staying active. There are several ways a person can stay active, but our Fuel Up To Play 60 members, also known at our school as our KSHAC (Kids School Health Advisory Council), promoted walking because it’s a great way to develop healthy habits. Walking has great benefits because most people can do it just about anywhere (throughout their day) and it has a less drop out rate compared to other physical activities. Our KSHAC members promoted how walking is inexpensive, safe and that it has one of the best success rates compared to other types of exercise. The KSHAC members created posters on the risk of heart disease. They explained the benefits of walking 30 minutes a day and how it can lower the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. The success of this event was that the students and staff wanted to walk more and want this to happen more frequently. Our KSHAC members asked students what they thought about the walk and the responses were all positive! They said that they enjoyed being outdoors, socializing with their peers and that they felt more awake! Our KSHAC students participated in our neighborhood National Night Out community-building event. Our KSHAC members handed out infused water to the families attending the event. The kids explained the importance of hydrating the body and the benefits of the added ingredients in each of the different recipes. Our KSHAC members also chose to conduct a taste test promoting dairy. They made smoothies using low-fat dairy products such as yogurt and milk. They explained how traditional milk shakes made with ice cream and chocolate can be damaging to someone’s diet. The recipes the students chose were tasty and student approved! The recipe also contained 20% of the recommended daily calcium! Yay!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We have been able to accomplish our goals up until now due to the awesome team work between our staff and KSHAC students. Collaboration has been continuous. We have had regular meetings to discuss upcoming events and ideas on how we can promote dairy and healthy lifestyles. The students have been participating in the morning announcements promoting our events and giving healthy tips to our fellow students.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Having the students is such an asset because they share ideas that they feel will make a bigger impact on their generation. Due to good communication with staff and adult leaders, we have been able to accomplish our goals and have spread the word to our community. Our next goal is to get our KSHAC students out to one of our KSHAC leaders’ ranch to observe the milking of cows and to become more knowledgeable about the benefits of eating/drinking less processed foods.