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iDigit At Encina Preparatory High School Inspires Healthy Living and Dance

Posted 05/28/2015 | By HealthCorps

Coordinator Kristen Rulifson created iDigit when she first came to Encina High School in Sacramento, California.  With dance as a core component, the program has also inspires healthy snacking (for better dance performance) and a devotion to hours of practice, which means these teens are active exercisers. Of course, there’s also a mental resiliency component since these kids have learned trust and developed confidence, as they learn more challenging choreography. The ability to perform despite fear of being judged is a huge take-away lesson from the iDigit experience. Coordinator Kristin admits that the experience has been personally transformational, as she watched these students blossom.

A special component of the iDigit experience is the fact that these students all come from different cultural backgrounds (Turkey, the Congo, Mexico, and Sacramento, CA), speaking different languages, with their own personal stories of struggle. The group has been able to form deep personal bonds, sharing happiness as they solved group struggles with choreography. The students performed at the Peace and Hope Reception at the Crocker Art Museum in February, and more recently at their Martin Luther King Day of Service showcasing Uptown Funk. Their most recent performance was at Encina’s Health Fair.

This is just another example of the many creative clubs and programs that coordinators across the nation develop from the core HealthCorps curriculum, helping to build connections with students and inspire healthier lifestyle habits in the teen population.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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