On Thursday, November 8, the CCHS Associated Student Body (ASB) hosted a Health & Wellness Fair at lunch. Eight healthy living professionals and nine student informational table presentations included the importance of exercise, healthy eating, gardening, meditation, and self-defense.
The Fair was developed as part of ASB’s Cancer Awareness Month designed to promote all forms of healthy living but with particular attention to cancer prevention awareness. At the fair, nursing interns from Mount St Mary’s working with Diana Castro in the Nurse’s Office provided information about testicular cancer, where the incidence of this form of cancer is mostly detected between puberty and age 33. CCHS seniors, Claribel Alcantar, Merha Mehzun and Mercy Mehzun, provided students with information about the importance of healthy relationships. Not only did they offer resources and solutions, but they gave out free hugs as well. Seniors Noah Cho and Randall Santiago took on the issue of anti-vaping where, with the help of a fog machine, designed a poster that produced vapor to grab their peers’ attention as they walked by. Other table presenters offered free succulents, stress relieving squishy toys, a push-up contest, and even a self-defense demonstration.
“It’s valuable for students to be a part of the education process in promoting healthy living,” says ASB President Falon Legaux. Dr. Valverde, ASB Director, was beaming with joy reflecting upon the accomplishments of his students. According to Valverde, “Nothing is more important than giving students the opportunity to empower themselves and become conveyors of important information to their peers. I’m proud of everyone, but especially the lead organizers Leslie Nava, Anna Payton, Maggie Lezcano, and Michelle Davies.”
As part of Cancer Awareness month, ASB will continue to educate the school about healthy living. In addition, the entire school will participate in the annual “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser which raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Everyone is encouraged to donate.