Youth choices can make a healthy difference

Before the Christmas season came around, with all its chocolate, candy canes and snacking, students at St. Augustine School learned what it meant to make healthy choices.

Before the Christmas season came around, with all its chocolate, candy canes and snacking, students at St. Augustine School learned what it meant to make healthy choices.

This unique event was on Nov. 28 and was put on by The Choice is Yours show and included a high energy presentation by two students from Brooks, Alberta.

The show is performed by Lifestyle Journey Ambassadors, Alora Heinrichs and Andreas Iwanegbe, two active youths who are passionate about educating others about the importance of making healthy food and lifestyle choices.

The show captured the attention of the students at St. A’s with its interactive games and mind stimulating questions.

Students learned interesting facts such as the amount of sugar that is in soda pop and sports drinks. They were given visual images of the amount of fat in most fast foods, etc. to show what they are actually eating and help them know that their choices can make a difference.

Heinrichs and Iwanegbe included the students in their show and kept their attention with their high energy, music, hip hop dance, rap, games and power point.

The show is a 60 minutes show that was geared to help St. A students learn about healthy foods, exercise and make good decisions when it comes to their health.

The overall goal of The Choice is Yours show is to help youth when it comes to their health and to decrease childhood obesity to reduce the amount of related risks such as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

The Choice is Yours Show is part of the Lifestyle Journey resources, which are supported by Encana Corporation in over 150 schools across the Canada’s western provinces. The program has taught over 17,000 students and their friends and families in this year alone.

The Choice is Yours show is being presented live at 20 schools across the province of Alberta for the 2008-2009 school year.