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Active Alliance Helps Launch HealthCorps Student Ambassador Program

Posted 01/22/2015 | By HealthCorps

Recently two special HealthCorps events took place in CA, through our partnership with The Active Alliance (link to Active Alliance page). The programs hosted at Mendez Learning Center in Boyle Heights, CA, and at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, CA, featured Los Angeles Lakers’ alumni players and team staff. Coordinators from schools in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana helped to make sure the activities including a Q and A with the Lakers attendees, a basketball clinic, and a fitness clinic, were seamless.

At one event, Los Angeles Lakers Legends Michael Cooper and Norm Nixon addressed the crowd, sharing their backgrounds and wisdom from their own high school days to their professional careers to winning championships. Michael Cooper emphasized the importance of being a student-athlete, because without his education, he would not have made it to the NBA or obtained a college degree. He shared his five D’s for success: determination, dedication, desire, discipline and decision-making.

Norm Nixon spoke about how luck is a result of preparation meets opportunity.  He stressed the importance of how working hard makes all the difference in life, using an example of professional athletes in the off-season. He pointed out the difference between athletes who trained instead of slacking off in the off-season, a distinction between a good athlete and a great athlete. He told the students there were things he wished he had done when he was their age, like flossing, highlighting oral health to overall health. He also shared with students the importance of defining their own personal success, pointing out that a personal journey is not always the easiest road.

At the Cabrillo High School event, Robert Horry spoke to students about finding motivation in everything they do and finding what works best for them. He told students that he learned how important it is to focus and try hard, and no matter what it is they want to be, it’s up to them to find their way. He told students the simple saying that he lives by, “If it is to be, it is up to me,” and left them with the reminder that fitness, nutrition and mental health are a way of life.

These two events also helped to kick off the Ambassador Student Campaign, with students directly helping to spread the message of health and wellness within the schools.  Mental resiliency and taking care of ones’ health through lifestyle choices, and the role that a commitment to fitness plays, were clearly powerful and motivating key messages that were emphasized at these two unique events.  Students can now deliver those messages to their peers.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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