If you’re following along with our youth, you may be interested in what’s new. We’ve jumped into our segment on health, kicking it off with a trip to the Freestore Foodbank’s Cincinnati COOKS! program. Since then, the learning hasn’t stopped.

Our curriculum includes a piece on caloric intake. The youth will learn how to properly calculate how many calories their bodies need to work best. They will also learn what to look for when reading food labels and how to tell the difference between good and bad calories.

We’ll also touch on diabetes. We’ll learn how different foods that effect Diabetes type 2, and how common Diabetes type 2 is in the black community. We will have 2 speakers to discuss living with diabetes and the life changes they’ve had to make to better their health.

Next, it’ll be time to check our blood pressure. We’ll have a registered nurse come in to discuss what foods cause high blood pressure and how this affects your health. The speaker will explain what Prehypertension and Hypertension are and how they may affect adolescents.  We will also explore what a healthy blood pressure level is for adolescents given their age, height, and gender.

To learn more about food deserts and healthy eating options we are going right to the source.  We are stopping by three different Kroger grocery stores, one in OTR, Clifton, and Oakley. We’ll be discussing the difference in quality and quantity of food in stores located in other neighborhoods. We are also going to visit Findlay Market and the Freestore Foodbank to check out all available food options.  Overall, the youth will learn about food deserts and how they affect the community and the food choices residents make in that community.

Lastly, we would like to end our health session on stress. We will look at how stress has a huge effect on your health. We will also look into healthy coping techniques for stress such as yoga and more. We hope to have a small yoga session either at our center or somewhere in the OTR community.

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