Healthy High/Healthy Choices
The Healthy High/Healthy Choices Program promotes healthy living among youth in Schulenburg and Weimar through collaborative community and school led events that focus on physical and mental health education, physical activity, and individual health indicators.
Healthy High/Healthy Choices is one example of an ongoing program that was created as a part of the original Healthy Community Initiative in 2002. The Healthy High/Healthy Choices (HH/HC) strives to educate students in making good decisions about what they eat, how much physical activity they need, and how to behave respectfully and positively. These choices enable them to live well and avoid diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.
To accomplish this goal, a day-long HH/HC event is held in partnership with the schools. Students have their weight, height, and blood pressure measured and participate in interactive presentations by local health professionals. HH/HC is entirely hosted by volunteers and serves as a great resource for students, teachers, and parents.
Annually, the HH/HC serves over 1,000 students and engages over 60 volunteers and partnering organizations. Students have experienced a significant increase in understanding and change in behavior regarding healthy eating, exercise, hygiene, making and keeping friends, respect, safety, literacy, and other topics.
Former HH/HC participant and Stanzel Memorial Scholarship recipient, Violeta Manzano, gives credit to HH/HC for helping guide her to a career choice. Violeta graduated from Texas State University and is now a Registered Dietitian. She is currently working on creating her practice right here in one of our service areas. Violeta enjoys giving back to the Schulenburg and Weimar communities by participating as a speaker at the HH/HC events.