What is Healthy? One youth's journey (part 3)

Part 3 of a blog post by Melissa Walters, Nourish high school Co-op student


What is healthy? One youth’s journey

Part 3 of a blog post by Melissa Walters, Nourish high school Co-op student

As this is my last blog post, I want to say thank you to Nourish.  Not only has Nourish given me more experience than I could have ever imagined but those I worked with provided me with the tools I needed to be successful on my journey to find out what is truly healthy. I am so proud to have been a part of an organization that pushes and advocates for students. Not only are they advocates, they strive for change in all schools. Their #SpeakUp4SchoolFood campaign will impact students in all parts of the province - learn more about it here! As a student who is still in school and will soon be graduating and going on to university next year, I want to create the change in my school so me and the following generations have access to healthier food options in our schools. So #SpeakUp4SchoolFood and advocate for students in our province, we want healthier food options in our schools!

I have been on one wild journey here at Nourish Nova Scotia. I have made memories, met challenges head on, worked side by side with incredible people and most importantly I’ve incorporated healthy changes into my life. I walked into Nourish a different person compared to who I am today. This experience has taught me life lessons about myself, the way we eat, how some companies market unhealthy products and even how to research for a blog post! This journey also lead to some changes in my daily lifestyle. For example, I have been going to the gym and trying to drink more water. I feel the difference. I feel stronger and I have more energy to help me through the day. And the best part? My headaches have improved! Before this journey I always felt run down, I never knew that by taking a few hours to go to the gym, take up boxing in a week and meal prepping that I would feel happier. After this experience I have learned that our health has more to do with fueling our bodies with nutritious foods rather than the way we look. The way you feel about yourself is extremely important, eating foods that energize our bodies and having a positive relationship with food will create a positive mind, body and self. My last piece of advice? Follow your gut! If your body, belly and mind feel good then it is probably good for you.

NewsKayla Thomas