One of the most important aspects of our work in the ShapeUp program is the personal connection that is built between the students and their mentors. We believe that when students know their teacher cares about them, they learn better. A little care and attention make a big difference.
Our ShapeUp mentors help students define their goals, encourage them to make lifestyle changes little by little, and instill confidence. They share their personal experiences and tips for eating healthier and being active, making it easier for students to relate.
You can see the mentors in action in the video below, from the Week 3 ShapeUp workshop at Belmont High School. Robert Santana, Registered Dietitian and lead teacher at Belmont, shared his tips for eating healthy when out at a restaurant: Split your meal in half and only eat half at the restaurant; you can take the rest home for later. Or how about asking for dressing on the side and dipping your fork in it as you go? "That's what I do," Mr. Santana said.
Joyce Curran, a teacher at Belmont, says the fact that the mentors and teachers genuinely care and take time out of their day to share their knowledge is what makes it "more meaningful for the students." That's the power of mentoring.
Are you interested in becoming a mentor, or getting involved with our organization? Send an email to info@SOSMentor.org for more information.