Elon student teaches local youth ways to live a healthy lifestyle
Eating right and exercising regularly are two things that many college students fail to do; however, one Elon student tries to teach healthy habits to young girls.
The “Commit to Fit” event was held in Moseley 215 on Friday, Nov. 1. Sponsored by Girls to Empowered Teens, the event educated girls about health issues.
Senior Kylee Bushway founded Girls to Empowered Teens when she was a sophomore.
“It’s a one-on-one mentoring program for sixth and seventh grade girls in Alamance County. It focuses on body image, nutrition and healthy communication,” Bushway said.
About 40 girls came to the event and for a rainy afternoon, Bushway said she was pleased with the results.
‘It doesn’t really matter if there’s 30 here or 100, as long as we’re changing one person or one person’s life or helping them and making them feel a little bit better about themselves. That’s all that matters to me,” Bushway said.
When asked who was invited to the event, Bushway said, “All of Alamance County.”
Fliers were given to the principals of each school in the county and every girl between fourth and seventh grade was encouraged to attend.
“These girls are at this critical middle school window, you know? So you get into middle school and there’s like all these pressures thrown at you like your body’s changing, you’re at a new school and there’s a lot of social things that are starting to happen,” Bushway said.
The event paired young girls with Elon students which Bushway says is a major part of her Elon experience.
“I know Elon is so focused on community involvement and getting Elon intertwined with the community and I love that. That’s something that I believe so wholeheartedly in,” Bushway said.
Although Bushway is excited about the difference she’s made in the community, she looks to how she can help in the future.
“This is not enough. This is just the tip of the iceberg and you know, there’s so many more things that can be done for these girls,” Bushway said.