Wolfgang Puck will
join us in honoring
our poster contest
finalists on June 13!
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|ShapeUp in the Antelope Valley!|
This Spring, we brought ShapeUp to the Children's Center of the Antelope Valley in Lancaster.
about the program
on our blog...
Thank you to the volunteers who made our Spring programs possible...
Elaine M. Tsai
...and to the following individuals who served as judges at our poster contest judging on May 16!
We appreciate everything you do!
There are lots of exciting things going on here at SOSMentor! We recently wrapped up the LAUSD Healthy Schools Campaign, an unprecedented effort to raise awareness about nutrition and fitness in our schools. This Spring, we brought nutrition education to 28,000 students in 700 schools!
Thousands of students participated in our Healthy Schools Campaign Poster Contest, and the winners will be announced at the Awards Reception & Dinner on June 13. Check out our featured article for more information about the event and our guest speaker, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
Thanks to supporters like you, the LAUSD Healthy Schools Campaign was a huge success. You can get an in-depth look at what goes on in the program by taking a look at the highlights below.
We are proud to be making a difference in our students' lives, but the fight against childhood obesity is an ongoing challenge. You can join us by donating or signing up to volunteer today. The health and future of our children depends on it...
Thank you for your support!
Carole and Robert Donahue
Simple Strategies for Healthier Eating
Bryant Almendares, a 16-year-old junior at Belmont High School, participated in the high school mentoring component of our LAUSD Healthy Schools Campaign.
By the end of the program, the healthy eating tips he shared with us sounded more like advice you would get from a seasoned expert than a young high school student!
Here are 3 of Bryant's suggestions, which we can all incorporate into our everyday lives:
- Be sure to read nutrition labels. Bryant says many of his friends have no idea what is in their food. Reading nutrition labels allows us to learn this important information, so we can then make the choices that will benefit our health. Knowing what's in your food is the first step to a healthier diet.
- Cook for yourself at home. Bryant knows that when you eat at home and prepare your own food, you have more control over what goes into your meals. He recommends we treat going out to restaurants as a reward, to be enjoyed on special occasions.
- Add a colorful fruit or vegetable to your meal whenever possible. For breakfast, Bryant likes to add spinach to his scrambled eggs. He also suggests that kids skip the chips and other snacks, and bring apples from home instead.
Recipe: Veggie Tortilla Roll-Ups
Speaking of colorful vegetables...this recipe from Champions for Change combines whole wheat tortillas and a variety of veggies for a healthful, filling meal.
When shopping for tortillas, look for 100% whole wheat or whole grain, or choose corn tortillas!
Makes 4 servings
4 (7-inch) whole wheat tortillas
8 tbsp (1/2 cup) nonfat cream cheese
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce or fresh chopped spinach
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup diced canned green chiles
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives, drained
1. Spread each tortilla with 2 tbsp of cream cheese.
2. Top with equal amounts of vegetables.
3. Roll up tightly to enclose filling and serve!
For more healthy recipes, visit www.cachampionsforchange.net.
Superhero Students Teach About the Food Groups
"Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's FRUIT MAN!"
That's right, Fruit Man is the newest superhero on the scene, thanks to students in the Drama Club at William Jefferson Clinton Middle School. Their teacher, Ransford Doherty, helped them create a clever video that shares what they learned during the LAUSD Healthy Schools Campaign.
Take a look at the adventures of Fruit Man, Vegetable Girl, and Super Grain Kid below!
|"The 6 Food Groups" by Clinton Middle School Drama Club|
Having Fun with Physical Activity
It's no secret that kids love to play. Whether it's riding bikes, skateboarding, playing soccer, or a simple game of hopscotch, being active is fun and often comes naturally when we're young.
As we get older, we sometimes think of exercise as drudgery - a chore that we have to do to stay healthy. High school students in our mentoring program at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex remind us to think more like kids and focus on how much fun physical activity can be. Here are their tips:
- Dance! Turn on your favorite music and break a sweat. You can do this with friends (or if you don't feel confident in your dancing skills!), you can simply do it in the privacy of your bedroom.
- Do whatever it is that you enjoy. That way, your 60 minutes a day of physical activity will be a pleasant experience, rather than another task on your to-do list.
- Get outside! Exercise doesn't have to take place at the gym. A great way to save money and enjoy our wonderful Southern California weather is to get outdoors and get active.
- Change your attitude. Instead of thinking of exercise as a punishment or something you dread, remind yourself of the great benefits you're getting: better health, increased stamina, improved confidence, the post-workout rush of endorphins...the list goes on!
Your options for physical activity are limited only by your imagination. Be creative, and most of all...have fun!
Thank you for supporting SOSMentor!