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HOUSTON Dozens of teens learned how to improve the quality of their lives at the Be Fit for Life Health Expo at Houston Baptist University on January 26.

The focus of the free event, which was founded by De Nesha James, was to spark a continued interest in the field of science and show teens that a healthy lifestyle is an invigorating adventure worth maintaining for a lifetime.

James, founder of the nonprofit The Student Apprentice, made a life style change that whipped her physically into shape and inspired her to adopt healthier eating choices. She wanted to share her knowledge and help the younger generation.

As the rate of childhood diseases such as obesity, diabetes and ADHD increases, it is imperative that knowledgeable organizations take time to effectively educate the community about preventative measures, James said.

Teens with the Student Apprentice helped organize the event.

During the expo, companies including Whole Foods, Smoothie King and 6 Pack USA Foundation provided interactive displays and booths that allowed teens to have fun while learning ways to live a healthy life. Participants also visited interactive and informational booths, participated in science labs and attend health-related seminars.

The seminars and breakout sessions included: Finding Something In the Fridge Cooking with Chef Whole foods Eating Around the Daily Plate Zumba Dancing for Life Cardio Craze

The expo also included field events that allowed students to compete within groups. Students participated in track and field, soccer, tag football, basketball relays, tug of war, water balloon race, etc. At the end of the expo, students received a certificate of Healthy lifestyle Participation and Completion.

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