MONROE – When Parkwood High School librarian Jennifer Williams presented the idea to her media production students to create a video about living a balanced lifestyle, Emily Crook and Erika Perry were game.
They brainstormed a few ideas, recruited classmates for scenes, filmed and posted a short video on their school’s Twitter page for submission to the Subway Fresh Fit Video Contest.
Their efforts won first place, a $1,500 school grant and free food from Subway.
The student video emphasized wellness for mind, body and spirit.
“We thought about how to show a bunch of ideas,” said Perry, a senior.
Student tips included mind-building tasks that make you think, such as reading a book or magazine, drawing and completing crossword puzzles. For the body, they stressed nutritious eating habits and drinking plenty of water. To build the spirit, they encouraged students to talk to others about how they are feeling, think positive and meditate.
Junior Tamya Thompson said drinking water, portioning her food and staying away from starches are some of the eating choices she makes.
Parkwood High School plans to use the Subway grant to buy student-friendly furnishings for the media center.
“We focus on creating a positive culture so students want to be a part of school,” Principal Carole Alley said.