School: Russellville Middle School
City, State: Russellville, AR
Favorite Healthy Snack: Mulberries
Songs that Always Gets You Moving: “Call Me Maybe” and “Let it Go” because I hate them so much and have to run away.
What motivated you to join the Youth Advisory Board?
I want everybody to be healthy and happy.
What barriers do youth face when trying to live a healthy lifestyle?
Their parents and friends have always eaten unhealthy so the kids do, too. There are bad examples, like putting sugary cereals at kids’ eye levels, in stores and schools.
Why is it important that youth have a voice in the fight against childhood obesity?
It’s important we have a voice because sometimes we know a lot from our experiences, and people may be more likely to listen to youth than other adults.
What’s your greatest accomplishment so far in creating a healthier generation?
I introduced “Might Nights” into my community. “Might Nights” are fit nights held two times a month (once at two different schools per month) that are free to the community. I have different local professionals or teachers instruct a class such as Zumba, karate, or hip-hop, for the attendees. I also give out door prizes donated by local businesses as an incentive for families to come.
If you could make one healthy change in your school or community, what would it be?
If I could make any change, I would make PE classes every day at school for the whole year instead of half a year. This way kids would get their 60 minutes of physical activity every day.