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Oct 4, 2013

Holy Redeemer celebrates wellness week in style

This morning, standard six students transformed the educational surrounds of the Holy Redeemer upper classrooms into a fruit and vegetable utopia. It was a veritable shrine to healthy eating using local produce. The event was in honor of Wellness Week…and we can tell you that we’ve never seen quite so much wellness in one location before. Mike Rudon, who can definitely benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables, was at the Holy Redeemer Upper School this morning and has the story.


Mike Rudon, Reporting

In this story the images really should speak for themselves. The creativity of these Standard Six students was on full display. The focus was definitely on eating healthy, but these students went all out, using fruits and vegetables as the media to create works of art.


Lourdes Alamina, Homeroom Teacher

Lourdes Alamina

“We usually have Wellness Week every year, and at the end of Wellness Week we would usually have a display of the fruits and vegetables to showcase all the wonderful fruits and vegetables we have in Belize and to have people become aware of the health benefits. And we also started it because we notice that the children in the morning instead of having breakfast at home they would come and eat tacos and chips and drink coke and you hear they’re suffering from stomach pains and we’re trying to make them eat healthier.”


And they are, at least for today…but who knows, it just might be a life-lesson for some of these students.


Alexandra Fermin

Alexandra Fermin, Standard 6 Student

“We’re doing all this to raise awareness of all the good, healthy foods that there are in Belize because in the mornings or for breakfast children usually go off and buy chips and ideals and it’s really not healthy.”


Ian Blake, Standard 6 Student

“People these days are not eating really healthy. They’re just eating like meat-pies and tacos, all junk…and they’re not getting help. So we’re just showing this so they learn how these fruits can help you.”


Kayla Alamilla, Standard 6 Student

Ian Blake

“Sometimes some of them aren’t nice, but it doesn’t matter cause it’s really healthy for you.”


Definitely healthy…and besides that the students went all out to make it attractive, using exotic fruits and vegetables to make shakes, smoothies, juices and even parfait, which is a French dessert.


Khalil Espat, Standard 6 Student

“What is in here is strawberry, yoghurt, granola, papaya, grapes and other types of fruits…”


Khalil Espat


“So all good, healthy stuff…”


Khalil Espat

“Yes, everything here is very healthy.”


Rhian Reneau, Standard 6 Student

Rhian Reneau

“It is the pitaya fruit, or pitahaya…also known as the dragon fruit. It is a sweet fruit especially in the juice. It helps with colon cancer, asthma, etc.”


Lourdes Alamina

“I told them that you don’t need any professional help, you can carve yourself…you Google these things and they show you step by step so I guess that’s what they did. Some of them are very creative, some of them got a little bit of help from the parents but for the most part they did it on their own.”


Shane Tucker, Standard 6 Student

“Some of them we get from off the internet and some of them we just use our own creative minds.”


Tasia Singh

Tasia Singh, Standard 6 Student

“We just sat down and were thinking how we could do stuff out of fruits then we got the ideas then we just started making stuff.”


Rhian Reneau

“It was fun experimenting because here we have the red devil mixture here with watermelon and beet juice. It was kind of fun experimenting with the different flavours of the fruits.”


We’d say the event was a success, both in terms of promoting healthy eating and in displaying impressive innovation and creativity.


Lourdes Alamina

“I’m very proud of them, of all of them…especially Six Martin…that’s my homeroom.”


Mike Rudon for News Five.


Today parents and students from other classes were treated to the fruits of these students’ labours…pun intended.

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