I graduated from Tech in 2007 so returning to the school as Miss Staten Island certainly had some special meaning to me. It was great to see a lot of my old teachers and be welcomed back into that familiar building. I took part in two assemblies marking the culmination of health and fitness week in the school. This was the 6th year of health and fitness week at SI Tech and the program has expanded every year. The week focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through the incorporation of physical activity and proper nutrition (sounds familiar right?). The programming is entirely student run and included classes in self-defense and zumba this year. The students that I spoke to seemed to really enjoy learning about some unconventional ways to stay fit.
I tailored my usual presentation, which is geared toward younger audiences, to a higher level and included some different points. I spoke to the auditorium briefly about my experiences with health in high school and how I was obsessed with calorie counting and not necessarily the nutritional value of my food and explained to the students that when I shifted my focus to healthy foods instead of just low calorie foods the way my body functioned and looked drastically improved. I also touched on some of the most important things to look for in your foods, proper meal composition and the importance of eating smaller meals throughout the day.
After I spoke the students had a video recapping the week and, my favorite part of the assembly, a push up contest which I participated in. It was hysterical.
|Assistant Principal Mr. Andrews|
|Shelly Jain (Miss SI OT 2010) & Shreya Jain (Miss SI OT 2011)|