Every Kid Healthy Week

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This week is a very significant week in support of childhood health and fitness. Every Kid Healthy Week is a special week to recognize and highlight the importance of healthy living for the youth across the globe. This week is especially meaningful to me, because my personal platform, Building A Healthy Future, focusses on instilling a healthy lifestyle in our youth. Throughout the week, I was able to visit with over 100 children in the community to promote this important initiative.

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To kick off the week of fun, I instructed a TRX for Kids! class at Morning Crane Healing Arts & Fitness Center. IMG_9506Combining my love for the TRX with my passion for youth health, this class is my activity of choice. The participants had endless energy, were interested to learn new exercises and all are super strong!

On Monday before I headed to class and work, I visited with the students at Bright Horizons Child Care & Early Education.

IMG_9559I read a fitness story from my collection and talked about healthy habits. The most rewarding part of the visit was hearing the kiddos favorite healthy foods and exercises. The class favorite healthy food is berries!

My Tuesday morning was spent with my new friends in Scott Lane’s Transitional Kinder class. IMG_9576We did some morning stretches, read an entertaining and educational book Good For Me and You and shared our favorite healthy foods and exercises. I was thrilled to hear that one of their vocabulary words this week is- healthy! The class even has their own “healthy dance and sing along” which they performed for me. It is incredible to see that teachers are emphasizing healthy living in their classrooms.

On day four of Every Kid Healthy Week,IMG_9620 I had the opportunity to visit with Girls Scouts from various Santa Clara Troops with Miss Santa Clara’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Silicon Valley’s Outstanding Teen. Along with speaking about the Miss America Organization and making Thank You cards for our Marines, FullSizeRenderI led the Troops to take the Every Kid Healthy Week pledge. In return for taking the pledge, I gave each Girl Scout a fruit patch to add to their vest. If you believe in ending childhood obesity, please take the pledge here.

Thursday came quickly and I was off to Bowers Elementary School to spend time with the school’s State and District Preschool classrooms! IMG_9646The classes enjoyed reading about ways to be active and learning the benefits of eating well. Of the two books I read, the majority favorite was Why Should I Eat Well? IMG_9662The enthusiastic students were eager to tell me their favorite outdoor activity. By the end of the class lesson, the children assured me that they will be healthy so they can grow up to be princesses, veterinarians, doctors and even Captain America! The children were super excited about their healthy snacks they got in their goodie bags I brought them.

IMG_9681On Friday, I wrapped up my week of classroom visits at my elementary school alma mater, Briarwood Elementary, at their State preschool classroom. The morning called for some morning exercises and stretches. The preschoolers were anxious to go home and show their new morning routine with their families. I gave each of them a smiley sticker and they knew exactly why… when you’re healthy, you’re happy!

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Overall, I had a VERY successful week! Engaging our youth in healthy living and educating them of the benefits is something I really enjoy to do and is something I truly care about. I hope to one day cross paths later in life with the children I’ve met, to see how accomplished and successful they’ve become. The youth, our next generation, is our future and I know that our society will be in good hands 🙂

The inaugural #MissAmericaServes day!

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Yesterday marked the inaugural Miss America Serves day and it was a complete success! This special day was launched by the Miss America Organization and is the first-ever Miss America national day of service presented by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 

70% of funds raised on April 18th benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the remaining 30% to fund state scholarships.

As of this morning Team California raised $1,845!

I kicked off my Miss America Serves day one day early on Friday, April 17.

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I had the pleasure of spending Friday morning at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, also known as Children’s Hospital Oakland, with children in their playroom. I met the most amazing children that have remarkable ambition and the most creative minds. IMG_9399I cannot wait to go back and join my new friends for more fun in the playroom! The most warming feeling in the world is seeing the pure joy on a child’s face. These are the moments that I cherish the most.

On Saturday, the official Miss America Serves Day, Miss Santa Clara’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Silicon Valley and I enjoyed our morning with the cool kids at Younglife Capernaum San Jose. It was fashion day at Younglife Capernaum and let me tell you, there was a ton of STYLE!

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We assisted in organizing buckets and buckets of donated clothing so the participants could see the tons of options to choose from. The members of Younglife Capernaum were able to choose as many pieces of clothing and accessories they desired, tried them on for a superstar photo shoot and then even got to take the goodies home with them! I met some of the most inspirational minds and even a future cartoonist! drawingOne of my new friends from Younglife, Matthew Rodriguez, shared his talent of art with me and drew me a special picture. I know that one day his dream will become reality and he will become a world famous cartoonist.

Later in the afternoon I headed back to the Children’s Hospital Oakland for a tour of the astounding facility. IMG_9452I am so appreciative that Rebecca of CMN took the time to give us such a knowledgable tour full of rich history and inspiring stories. It is truly incredible to see the hundreds of services the hospital can provide to its patients and the dedicated staff that make it all possible. The hospital was built in 1912 when two women went door to door and raised $12,000 to purchase an estate to transform it into a pediatric hospital. Today, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital serves about 250,000 children a year.

I also had the opportunity to donate the 24 tiaras Miss Santa Clara’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Silicon Valley, Miss Silicon Valley’s Outstanding Teen and I crafted for the children. IMG_9445I hope that they love our creations!

The first Miss America Serves day was a day full of fun, smiles, donations and most importantly SERVICE! I’m looking forward to next year!

Check out what my #MAOSisters were up to with the hashtag #MissAmericaServes

P.S. Today is the first day of Every Kid Healthy Week. I took the pledge and I hope you do too. Follow me on my social media sites to see what I am up to this week dedicated to celebrating youth health and wellness!

Can’t wait for June! Recap of Miss California Orientation 2015

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Rehearsals, workshops, paperwork, sisters and more at the 2015 Miss California orientation! I had such a special weekend meeting all 52 other contestants who will be competing for the title of Miss California this June.

The weekend began on Friday night as my sister titleholders Miss Silicon Valley, Miss Santa Clara’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Silicon Valley’s Outstanding Teen and I bonded while crafting tiaras for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. IMG_9206I am so excited to pass out the tiaras to the children of the Children’s Hospital Oakland next Saturday on the inaugural Miss America Serves day! Be sure to check out the hashtag #MissAmericaServes this week and on the big day, April 18, to check out what Miss America titleholders are up to during their day of service.

Saturday was a jam packed and productive day. My first order of business was the social media workshop led by social media gurus Jill Cook and Leah Cecil Tibbitts. IMG_9220Leah who is actually Miss California 2014 made the recording so fun! The videos are a perfect way to get a glimpse of each contestants personality. I can’t wait to see the final product. The videos will be up on misscalifornia.org next month! My social media recording was followed by an audio recording session where I had the chance to record my talent introduction that will be played on the final night of the Miss California competition if I am selected as a top 12 contestant.

IMG_9235Right before lunch, a few contestants and I learned how to walk with poise, presence and even attitude while on stage. I always enjoy working on my on-stage movement. It makes me feel like a model during my time on stage.

The second half of my afternoon I went through talent preview and had a mock interview.

IMG_9268It is really amazing that the Miss California organization makes it a point to hold these workshops and appointments. I feel more prepared and even more eager for the state competition!

The third wardrobe change of the day was for the cocktail dinner.

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This is one of my favorite parts of orientation. As the day comes to an end, it is nice to have the chance to dress up and enjoy food, a raffle, conversation and laughs with friends 🙂

With my teen, Caroline!

With my teen, Caroline!

Ohhhh but my day was not over yet! After dinner was of course… rehearsal time! Rehearsals make the thought of competing in Miss California feel so REAL.

Sunday morning began with more rehearsal time with our extraordinary choreographer Cassie and Miss California 2009 Kristy Cavinder Fronteira. There is a ton of choreography to memorize, but I know by the time Miss California competition week comes along, the production is going to be prefect. Productions numbers are one of my favorite parts of the show.

Before it was time to head home, the contestants had the time to sit down and hear some wise words from the current Miss California, Marina Inserra and the president and CEO of the Miss California Organization, Bob Arnhym. Every time I have the opportunity to hear Marina and Bob speak, I am left with a new sense of encouragement, confidence and support.

The ladies of Donna Jones' field - Donna's Divas!

The ladies of Donna Jones’ field – Donna’s Divas!

Thank you so much to the Miss California Organization and all of the remarkable volunteers who made this weekend possible. I know that each and every person in attendance had a fabulous weekend are are eager to come back to Fresno in June! Counting down the days 🙂 67 more to go!!

Bunnies, Treats, Eggs… It Must Be EASTER!

Happy Easter everyone!

My first Easter!

My first Easter!

Growing up I’ve always loved this holiday. The day before Easter, my brother and I colored and decorated eggs throughout the day – we got very creative too. The best feeling was waking up on Easter morning to a basket full of goodies and searching for eggs. The day was full of family, fun and of course bright colors!

This year, I started off my Easter celebration on Wednesday when I had the pleasure to visit and speak to Scott Lane State Preschool Room 32. I read one of my favorite children’s books Let’s Be Fit, talked to the attentive preschoolers about my platform, the importance of healthy foods and habits and staying active.

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Since holidays are usually full of chocolates and sweets, I left the children with a goody bag full of healthy treats including a tangerine, fruit snacks and Annie’s organic cheddar bunnies. Thank you again to Scott Lane State Preschool Room 32 for having me!

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My Easter celebration continued on Saturday at Santa Clara’s Central Park. Each year Santa Clara hosts a city wide Easter celebration and egg hunt for all ages – this year being the 40th annual.

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It’s always exciting to see the reaction on the children’s faces when they get to meet the Easter bunny.

IMG_9072The egg hunt was as intense as ever! I could not believe how fast those little legs were able to move in order to put as many eggs in their baskets as possible.

Today, the celebrations continue!

I hope everyone is enjoying this day full of love, happiness and family!

Once again, Happy Easter!