Whitney Young Jr. Academy Health and Wellness Day means healthier living for wellness workshop participants

OMAHA, NE – The Urban League of Nebraska’s Whitney Young Academy hosted a Health and Wellness Day on April 9th for 20 high school students who received information on healthy meal-planning, fitness, and other practices that contribute to better living.

The attendees, who came from various Omaha Public Schools, learned a number of techniques for health and wellness. Master Bridges Martial Arts Academy provided students with interesting and engaging self-defense and martial arts demonstrations and Alfonzo Shade of the Charles Drew Health Clinic discussed “How to Ask Your Doctor Questions”. In addition, the youth learned how to make smoothies and other “guilt-free” recipes.

“The Whitney M. Young Jr. Academy, Project Ready program provides a holistic approach to youth development, as the overall objective is to prepare our students for school, work and life,” said Urban League of Nebraska President and CEO Thomas Warren.  “The Health & Wellness workshop exposed our students to self-defense techniques, tips on improving their physical and mental health and preparing nutritious and affordable meals. These classes are designed to improve their self-discipline, build self-confidence and enhance their decision-making capability”.

This workshop, which was planned by Nicole Mitchell of the Urban League of Nebraska, raised awareness about the consequences of leading an unhealthy lifestyle and ways to combat harmful health practices.  Students said they left feeling inspired.

“I really liked the experience of learning how to eat and cook healthy,” said TyVon, a Wellness Day participant who also enjoyed the self-defense demonstrations. “It was fun being informed of how important it is to defend yourself…. [and] asking the doctor’s questions was also very informative.”

For more information about the workshop, please contact Nicole Mitchell, Whitney Young Academy program coordinator, by calling 402-578-2939 or at nicole.mitchell@urbanleagueneb.org.

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