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Students Perspective on Health

Maddy D.’s Roadmap for Health

Interviewed by Melissa Nieber


What does having a healthy lifestyle mean to you?

It means being able to do what is right for myself, my body, and when I can get that done it leads to a healthy mind and healthy relationships.


What are some strategies you use to stay healthy both physically and emotionally?

Adding fruits and veggies to my diet, going on extra walks, making appointments with my trainer, following my nightly checklists to get a good night’s rest, limiting my Starbucks treats, having a healthy balance between down time and being with friends, talking to people I trust, and writing to myself.

What barriers make staying healthy challenging for you?

Being able to do it every day. When you miss a day it’s harder to do it the next day and keep doing it.

Why do you think a healthy lifestyle is important?

It’s easier to deal with stress, easier to focus on things in your daily life, and it feels good.

A Healthy Way with Matt Smith

interviewed by Margot Latici

What does a healthy lifestyle mean to you?

Eating healthy food, such as, bananas, apples, oranges, yogurt before and after a workout for clean energy and not drinking soda or carbonated beverages. Getting plenty of rest is important, not staying up too late watching TV. The body needs energy for staying healthy. I go to bed around 9:30 or 10pm and wake up at 7am. Reading before going to bed is a good way to help me fall asleep. Working out 3-4 days per week is essential. I like to go on a ½ hr to 45 min run, bike, walk or swim. I also lift weights once or twice a week.

Matt at CLE

What are some strategies you use to stay healthy both physically and emotionally?

Aerobics, brain gyms or talking to a friend, parent, or someone I trust is helpful to manage my emotional wellbeing. Juggling is a good trick too. Going to sleep at a reasonable time and waking up at a good hour. Drinking a lot of water, I always carry a water bottle with me. Eating healthy greens, veggies, fruits. I have fruit, vegetables and dairy at lunch and dinner. Here’s an example of my meals:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal( homemade) with peanut butter and honey or fruit and yogurt or eggs
  • Lunch: Ham and Cheese Sandwich w/ lettuce, tomato and cucumber, an apple and Greek yogurt
  • Dinner: Salad, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken on the grill, other protein, vegetable and a glass of milk
  • Dessert: sometimes, but not always. Ice cream or a cookie depending on the mood.

What barriers make staying healthy challenging for you?

Having sugar! At the holidays I want Christmas cookies. Sugar makes me want more sugar. Also, the motivation to get out and run if it is too cold or too hot. Peer pressure sometime causes me to eat unhealthy things.

Why do you think it is important to live a healthy lifestyle?

I think it is important to live a healthy lifestyle to stay fit and not gain too much weight, which is important for maintaining a good race and a good PR time. Having a healthy lifestyle encourages me to be more active, outgoing and more adventurous. Working out 3-4 times per week allows my muscles to stay lose so I can run further and harder for workouts. Mark Roberts, my cross country coach inspired me to be healthy. My parents have inspired me to be active and live a healthy lifestyle.

Newsletter Articles – September 2015

walk daily for exercise

While many people see counselors for depression, studies suggest that you should also be seeing a personal trainer. In 2009, The Harvard Medical School launched a review of multiple studies on the effect of exercise in those with mild to severe depression and found a strong link between physical activity and the treatment of this mental health issue. Even if someone has never had depression, having a regular exercise routine can help prevent it from ever starting.


Sleep. Exercise. Eat well. Gratitude. Be yourself. Forgiveness. All components of a healthy and happy life.

Cooking with special needs

As we move into the fall semester, challenges present themselves with the ever-changing student and their abilities to navigate in the kitchen. Several current students, as well as those in the past, have expressed trepidation when faced with such tasks as cooking on the stovetop. These fears are realized by the impending thought of getting splashed with hot oil during a session of sautéing or pan-frying while attending cooking appointments.

Drink water for better health

For a young adult with learning challenges, maintaining health may not be at the forefront of daily decisions. Here are a few tips for a healthy outlook.

Asger - new school, new life

I missed another homework assignment. Now there are two days left to make up seven of them, runs through my head. My eyes glaze over as the panic felt after school yesterday culminates further. Already at the point of surrendering to failure in my classes, my thoughts turn to my parents and how they’ll react. Their responses were heard three months later, and nothing could prepare me for what they’d say.

I’m sitting and chatting idly in the living room with my parents, when I notice a prolonged moment of silence.
“We’ve decided you’re going to a new school,” Dad finally announces. “You’ll be boarding there within the next two weeks,” he finished.

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