ONE WOMAN'S STORY
Teen Finds Support for a Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness at Teen Esteem Gym-alternative program
by Antoinette Ritchie, pictured here with her teacher Ms. Constance Kelley
Antoinette Ritchie of Trenton Central High School was one of the
first students to enroll in the new Teen Esteem health and fitness
program designed and implemented by the Women’s Heart Foundation in
2004, in collaboration with the school’s youth services program and
other stakeholders. "I signed up because I wanted to lose weight and
be fit, but this program offers girls so much more", she said.
"We work out with two personal fitness trainers, prepare healthy
recipes with a registered dietician, and we have talk sessions about
what is important to us. That’s one of my favorite parts of the
program. It helps girls become strong when we can speak out for what
we believe (in)", she said. "I also love the fieldtrip to Wegmans
for ‘Shopping for a Healthy Heart’ and learning about how to choose
healthier foods. It’s fun. Now in her junior year, Antoinette is
proud that she was selected to be a Peer Leader. "I instruct the
other students how to use the equipment. I tell them right from
wrong. They listen to me. When Peer Leaders help other girls, we
get a feeling of oneness."
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