I got to be a special guest at another Destress Express Wellness Event for the kids at Frontier Highschool, part of the Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD). I have to give a shout out (or in my case, a bark out) to the folks at OUHSD and to the district’s Wellness Coordinator Jessica Silon for putting on these events and sharing important life lessons with students.
I got to meet the nice people with Planned Parenthood and watch a student make me a delicious milkshake by riding a stationary bike! The owner of Trifecta Fitness who personally shared his dedication to fitness with the students and even allowed me to be the judge in a pushup contest! There was a booth teaching the kids the art of CPR, another sharing the many benefits of Yoga and meditation, a farmer sharing delicious fruits with the kids who played cornhole and lots of friendly, polite, respectful kids. Even the teachers got involved!
If more school districts held events as OUHSD does, high school students would graduate with more than just book smarts. They’d learn the importance of health and fitness, which does not only refer to being physically fit but also refers to a person’s mental state. If a person is physically fit, but mentally unwell or troubled, he or she will not be able to function optimally. Mental fitness can only be achieved if your body is functioning well. You can help relax your own mind and eliminate stresses by exercising regularly and eating right.
People who are physically fit are healthier, able to maintain their most optimum weight and not prone to cardiac and other health problems. In order to maintain a relaxed state of mind, a person should be physically active. A person who is fit both physically and mentally is strong enough to face the ups and downs of life and is not affected by drastic changes if they take place.
For most of us, becoming physically fit requires a change in lifestyle, but not the kids in the OUHSD. They are learning how to incorporate a regular exercise routine into their life now. These kids are also getting important tips on eating healthier. Hint: avoid junk foods, fizzy drinks, bad habits like smoking and alcohol and be sure to get an adequate amount of rest. Just by eliminating all these food substances from their life, no matter how temporarily, allows young bodies to detox and become stronger. Other health tips include learning to spend more time outdoors in the sun, and fresh air and take part in more healthy activities. All these tips I learned at the Destress Express Wellness Event are good for a dog’s health too! Thanks, OUHSD! Woof!