The students participating in SOSMentor’s LAUSD Healthy Schools campaign at Belmont High School are learning more and more each week about how to lead happy, healthy lives. The school nurses and volunteer mentors are instilling important values that the students will carry with them far into their adult lives.
Some of the tips shared by Bryant Almendares, a 16-year-old in his junior year, 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 every day 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 becoming more health conscious.
· 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.