“Breath In & Breath Out”

“Good Afternoon” Yoga! Yesterday I wrapped up my summer internship with a fitness and health camp. It was fun watching the kids enjoy yoga, boxing, healthy snacks, and learning about sugar intake, serving sizes, and “MyPlate.”

“Downward Dog”

Megan was able to join me this week! Megan, Katie (Washington Co. volunteer) and I had a blast interacting with the kids and gearing them up to make smarter food choices. We enjoyed a book called “Fast Food.” Fast food does not always have to be greasy and full of empty calories. There are healthier options on the menu and being prepared ahead of time will help you to make the best choice.


We discussed ways to prep and enjoy vegetables on the GO. Making healthier options OUR “Fast Foods!”

test 2

I asked the campers to dish out their typical plate of spaghetti. Most plates were filled with pasta; as mine would have been! The kids were surprised to learn that 1/2 cup was one serving of spaghetti. Looking at me with wide eyes, I explained that we should vary our meals. If we have only one serving of pasta than we should add 1 piece of toast (garlic bread), a side of broccoli or side salad, and a fruit or dairy side (peaches/cottage cheese).


We walked to the community garden in Brighton. I hoped the kids enjoyed the time outside as much as I did! It was fun looking at all of the different colors. I love how enthusiastic they became when we discovered vegetables, flowers, bees, butterflies, and much more.


What’s your move? The youth had the opportunity to try tag, yoga, and boxing. I really believe in the importance of varying your exercises. I am training for a half marathon https://pickingwildflowers.org/2016/07/24/training-for-a-12-marathon/  and I am realizing first hand how important it is to mix things up. I want to ensure that I am not going to get burnt out before I compete. Just moving your body is one of the key things a person can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A few of the kids really found their inner peace. 🙂

Above: Lydia is concentrating on “breathing in & breathing out.” The kids had some quiet time where they had the opportunity to concentrate on breathing.

I enjoyed coordinating the Fitness and Health camp. I am very passionate about finding the balance between what we eat and how we move.

Missed out on all of my summer adventures? Here is the link to most of my summer posts. https://pickingwildflowers.org/tag/farm/

My senior year at Iowa State starts in 1 week!!!!! EEEEEEK Stay tuned for all things Fitness, Farm, Faith, and Food related!

Thanks for reading!




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