One of the highlights of my week is teaching junior high students in my "Fit for Life" class.
I love watching the transformation of the lunches & snacks they bring to school.
In our first class they share all the processed food they bring to school. As the semester progresses they excitedly come in showing me their real, whole food. "Mrs. Ceizyk, look I have a protein, fat & carb in my lunch! Mrs. Ceizyk I get stomachaches now when I eat pizza! Mrs. Ceizyk I'm helping my Dad who is overweight make healthier choices!"
They begin to notice how different food makes them feel & change their eating accordingly. They learn that food really is medicine & fuel for their body.
They learn to indulge in treats that are truly worth it rather than mindlessly eating whatever's in front of them.
Athletes learn how to eat to optimize their performance. One of my students reached a record in his one mile run by changing his eating & his mindset before the track meet.
Another student came up to me on the last day beaming with pride about the 5lbs he lost.
Parents notice the changes in their children & thank me for setting them on the path to a longer, healthier life. These children are leading their parents by example. Asking them to stop buying junk food & giving them grocery lists with healthier options for the entire family.
If only every child had a chance to learn how to be fit for life...