School: Hunter’s Creek Middle School
City, State: Orlando, FL
Favorite Healthy Snack: Arugula Salad
Song that Always Gets You Moving: “Tonight Tonight” – Hot Chelle Rae
What motivated you to join the Youth Advisory Board?
I joined because I have a passion for being healthy and I wanted to make a difference in my school and community. I live a healthy lifestyle and I feel good about myself, so I want everyone to feel as good as I do. Being healthy is actually fun! I enjoy being the example for my friends. I get happy when I can get my friends to join sports or eat right at school. We like to share tips with each other. I truly believe that if more kids come out and talk about ways to be healthy, then others will see the benefits and change unhealthy habits.
What barriers do youth face when trying to live a healthy lifestyle?
The cost of healthy foods makes it difficult to have constant access.
Why is it important that youth have a voice in the fight against childhood obesity?
Kids are the ones that need to be healthy, so who better to have speak for kids than kids? We are able to think and speak about what affects us. We understand each other. Seeing kids my age talk about issues that affect me captures my attention. When youth have an active role, they tend to be more involved.
What’s your greatest accomplishment so far in creating a healthier generation?
I have grown four gardens in my community and have created three healthy school clubs. I actually get asked advice from adults on ways they and their children can be active.
If you could make one healthy change in your school or community, what would it be?
I would like to see healthy food subsidies provide affordable prices for vegetables and fruits, so that it makes them more desirable to purchase.