Coachella Valley High Highway to Health Fair a Great Success

Posted 04/02/2015 | By HealthCorps

It was cold pretty much everywhere across the U.S. on February 27th, except in Thermal, California, where Coachella Valley High School ‘s Highway to Health Fair hosted over 800 students and community members who got moving and grooving with Zumba, basketball shootouts, and a host of other fitness and nutrition activities.

This Highway to Health fair helped students to immerse themselves in a variety of activities like “Re-think Your Drink,” showcasing the large amounts of sugar in the typical beverages teens choose, a “yogurt parfait” making booth, that allowed kids to personalize a basic yogurt meal with a variety of healthy toppings, a get-your-heart pumping Zumba class, and a basketball clinic. Students also found out about community-based health organizations like Borrego Health and Planned Parenthood.

The principal of the school, Victor Uribe acknowledged that the average student consumes a diet filled with unhealthy food choices. Their love of fast food, processed snacks and sugary drinks is a huge longstanding and ongoing issue.  He shared that the HealthCorps curriculum, and events likethe health fair, help to expose these teens to alternative habits and information that may, over time, help them to embrace healthier lifestyle choices. The HealthCorps program and a health fair can certainly be a springboard to change.

We are proud to share that some students at Coachella High School, like student Yurema Arvizu have lost significant amounts of weight thanks to lessons that teach food label reading, and with the support of coordinators like Coachella High School coordinator Luz Aceves.

You can read the Desert Sun coverage of the event here.

Worth a special mention: Kristen’s iDigit Dance Group share their personal stories, through movement and poetry. Their experiences trace back to their homes in Turkey, Congo, Mexico, and for some of the students, Sacramento. Their group shows what it means to overcome struggle and celebrate diversity. Coordinator Kristin Rulifson works at Encina Preparatory High School in Sacramento, CA. This after school club is truly special!
See their Dance Video!

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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