The goal of the fourth outing was to find something healthy and tasty that the students would find enjoyable and practical. It was super easy: they each filled a cup with frozen fruit, then picked a scoop of yogurt and a splash of juice. All of our students were able to do it themselves, which was really awesome. We had a nice chat about healthy eating and did a little preview of our next outing about mental health. A few of the students mentioned that they plan to buy supplies to make smoothies at home! It was super awesome seeing the curriculum having a direct impact on the students' lives and be practical for them.
Outing three was focused on nutrition, so we started off with a grocery store scavenger hunt at Vons. It turned out to be quite a competitive activity as all the different teams tried to find the items as fast as possible. Nobody seemed to know where the quinoa was located in the store... I think we know what that means. After the scavenger hunt, we had a nice discussion about the mentality of healthy eating and healthy alternatives to some preferred options.
Our second outing focused on physical health and exercise. We started out by doing some stretches and talking about possible exercises we could do to stay fit without a gym. One of the quieter students actually got down and started doing perfect push-ups to demonstrate. Another student immediately got down and started doing clapping push-ups! Afterwards, we played basketball and discovered that some of the students were really good. We also did some yoga and basic martial arts since two of our coaches have experience in them and were willing to teach everyone. Although it was a tiring today, all of us had a great time and got to know each other better. While this group usually likes to be active, their favorite part of the outing was actually just sitting and talking to the coaches.
This quarter focuses on health and hygiene and reinforcing good habits. We were able to catch up with the students this week (and meet new friends) with icebreaker games. As part of an activity, students broke up into two teams and each team "mummified" a member and wrapped them up in toilet paper! Towards the end of the outing, we even got a quick dance lesson from one of our students! We all had a blast and it was nice to see her open up and teach the class her favorite dance. The students are very excited to participate in the health/hygiene curriculum with StRIVE, and we are all looking forward to this new quarter.