Gasol Foundation Vida! program is all about empowering young people to lead healthier lives. We encourage the celebrating of sports, nutrition, and healthy living. November programming in South LA, Watts and Boyle Heights was extremely focused on showing our families how important is to look and feel healthy, while sharing the seemingly endless ways to improve your health both inside and out.
FUNDAMENTALS OF SOCCER
This month’s physical sport activity focused on the fundamentals of soccer. The kids began by being led through a short series of body and muscle strengthening exercises and stretches (very important prior to rigorous physical activity) by their coach. Everyone then formed a big circle and, one by one, each kid chose a stretch for the rest of the class to do. This was a fun way for children to increase flexibility and prevent injuries!
Next, they participated in a warm up drill with a partner that consisted of passing/kicking the ball back and forth to one another. We love soccer! What is so great about this game is it promotes another form of exercise for the kids, while simultaneously demonstrating friendly competition and sportsmanship! Our Vida kids reached their session goals – to “get their mind and body movin’” and had a blast while doing it. So many smiles could be seen and laughter could be heard while working out on the field. Truly special moments!
While kids were having fun outside, our Vida! parents enjoyed a healthy cooking class inside where they got down to business preparing a Zucchini Ribbon Pasta dish. While cooking this delicious meal, they were taught nutritional information and facts regarding the ingredients they utilized to make the dish. For instance, the parents learned the difference between whole grain pasta versus white or refined pasta. What nutrition facts do you know about whole grain products? Well, did you know that whole grains contain more nutrients and fiber than regular pasta? Or that eating at least three servings of whole grains per day can reduce the risk of chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes or cancer? It can be significant to understand what exactly is going into your body. As the saying goes, “To look the best, you have to eat the best!“
When all the cooking was complete, the next thing to do, of course, was taste the finished product! And let’s just say, it was delicious!, Our families loved the Zucchini Ribbon Pasta and said they will surely be adding this new recipe to their repertoire. Want to give this recipe a try? We cooked it with Healthy Pesto Rosa. You just need to add some whole grain pasta on top if you’d like or leave it as a veggie dish. And of course, don’t forget to share with us your cooking experience and your thoughts on the recipe!