Friday, February 28, 2014

Back to School for Red Out

It could have been a tough crowd. Talking with 900 junior high students could have been challenging, considering it was only 8 o’clock in the morning and they were about to listen to a 40-minutes presentation about heart disease!

But, instead, I discovered these 7th and 8th graders at Wilmette Jr. High were attentive and interested in understanding heart health. In fact, just after the first bell, the school had a moment of silence, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and was given a new fact about heart disease and stroke. Today they learned how heart disease affects 43-million women every year.

I asked students who had family with heart disease, or someone who had suffered a heart attack or stroke to raise their hands.. Nearly every hand was raised.

Allison Neswold, who is from the regional American Heart Association, and I were invited to take part in the school’s Red Out. We spent the morning speaking with the students about ways they can be healthier and why they need to create solid healthy habits now. Granted, most of these kids are reliant on the choices their parents make for them. So these are also tips and advice we hope the students will take home to their families.

These bright young students were so enthusiastic and kind, especially the young men who wanted an autograph. (They were so sweet.) It makes me feel even more optimistic that our younger generations will learn from our mistakes and they will take better care of themselves while finding new ways to help us all do the same.

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio
Your Mrs. International

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