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Meet the H-E-B Body Adventure Buddies

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Introducing the H-E-B Body Adventure Buddies: 12 local people chosen to guide visitors throughout the H-E-B Body Adventure, a powerful exhibit experience designed to inspire a balanced life and motivate visitors to take charge of their own health while learning about their body. Some exhibits are open now while we develop more components that will feature the Body Adventure Buddies throughout the exhibit experience.



Evan Evan_764

"It’s Easy Being Green"

As an HEB Buddy I have learned more about my body, choices and what wellness means to me.  I started to be a vegetarian when I was nine because I was learning about where food comes from and I wanted to try it out.  I realized that it is a fit for me and here are some things I have learned:

  • There are amazing plant based foods from so many cultures, so have fun exploring Indian, Thai, or Spanish recipes.
  • There are so many options for protein to make sure your body has fuel, like whole grains, tofu and beans.
  • There are vegetarian athletes!  I play basketball, baseball and football and have all the energy I need
  • I love to cook, and paying attention to the kinds of food you eat and how they are prepared gives you more reason to cook at home.
  • Veggies are everywhere!  Visit your grocery store, the farmer's market or start a garden in your back yard.  We always have fresh herbs from the garden and it makes everything taste better!

Carrie Carrie_207

"Fit Full-Time College Student"

As a full-time student, it’s a challenge to find time to exercise. Here are some tricks I use to ensure exercise is a part of my daily routine:

  • Exercise in the morning! This will be one thing you can cross off your to-do list before the day even starts, plus it boosts your metabolism for the rest of the day.
  • Worried about studying? Exercise and study at the same time! Prepare flashcards and look over them while on the treadmill.
  • Be flexible with your workout, it does not always have to be in a gym. Try an exercise video at home or go outside for a brisk walk.


Cheyenne Cheyenne_880

"Being Healthy In High School"

As underclassman, nacho day was my personal favorite. But when I was selected as an H-E-B Body Adventure Buddy, it dawned on me to ask... "what am I really eating?" I then found out that all my favorite cafeteria foods were loaded in sodium, carbs, fat, and calories. Now I'm a junior (11th grade) and I pack my lunches full of fruits, grains, and yogurt, the benefits have been great. I have more energy, I'm healthier, and I've even lost weight! Being healthy has made me so much happier! 

  • You can make healthier lunch choices too--see if your school carries salads, fat free milk, and fresh fruit, as these are great options.
  • If you pack your lunch, just pack fresh fruit instead of cookies and a turkey sandwich on whole wheat instead of PB&J.
  • After lunch, for an extra boost, take the stairs instead of the ramp, or go the long way to your class (but don't be late). Just by making these small changes, can change your life in the long run.

Elisa Elisa_588

"Are You An Emotional Eater?"

Recognizing your emotional state can help you reduce calories. For a long time I had been what a lot of people called an “emotional eater”. The quality and quantity of what I ate depended strongly on how I felt on the inside. So now before I start eating I ask myself a few questions like:

  • Am I really hungry?
  • Am I eating because I am stressed out or nervous?
  • Is this food healthy?
  • What else can I do instead of eating to feel better?

Asking these questions often helps me realize that what I am really craving is just a walk in the park to help me relax and make better choices. 

Hudson Hudson_565

"Proof Healthy Living Works!"

As a person with epilepsy, I have found daily exercise and eating more fruits and vegetables have immensely helped my condition. I have not had any sort of seizure activity in over a year and a half:

  • Fruits and vegetables have been scientifically proven to get in to the cells of your body and replace bad cells you lose everyday with healthy cells, allowing your body to improve itself in every way including fighting diseases and remaining young and strong.
  • Daily exercise boosts everything about your body including your mind, so a healthy, disease-fighting body leads to a strong physical body, which leads to a healthy mind and overall better confidence in yourself.

So, when you combine these 2 elements, your life will be as amazing as it can possibly be and it feels phenomenal. 

Jen Jennifer_099

"Fit Living Means Fit Schooling"

As a mom, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be at home with my two kiddos.  I have a second grader and when my "baby" started kinder this year, it opened my schedule to volunteer at their school.  It keeps me active, is for a good cause and my kiddos know that I am there.  Every once in a while I will pass them in the hallway and get a big smile and a wave, making it all the more rewarding.  One of the initiatives that our school has taken on it to help our kids be healthier.  Here are a few ideas of how your school can be healthier and more active.      

  • Organize a walkathon, dunk-a-thon, or dance-a-thon fundraiser in which people will donate for each lap/dunk/dance—see who is the ultimate champion in your school.
  • See what "good cause" walkathons are going on around town and challenge another school to see who can get the most participants.
  • Wake up a few minutes earlier and walk to school rather than drive or ride the bus.
  • Challenge teachers and coaches to a rock wall challenge.
  • Gather volunteers to create a garden and/or clean up in a neglected area of campus.
  • Remember, your school can set an example for other schools to follow, so talk to your principal and see how you can help out your school or community.  

Lexie Lexie_998

"Simple Steps to Happy and Healthy"

I know it’s sometimes hard to keep up with everything that is important in our lives, from school to keeping healthy, to family, but I’ve found it is really easy to incorporate being healthy into my life. Try these simple steps and see if it works for you: 

  • If you are in school and your school has a track, to find some extra time to go and run a few laps.
  • If you don't have access to a gym or a track, get up in the morning and do a few jumping jacks.
  • Try to eat healthier things: swap out that doughnut for a granola bar or a bag of trail mix (without the chocolate)   !    
  • Also, try to get your family excited about being healthy too! Encourage them to eat better and exercise more—with you!                                     


 Marco Marco_162

"A De-Stressed Lifestyle"

While participating in the HEB Buddy Body Adventure I learned many things to help me with my overall health—but the best benefit was to learn how to manage my stress level.

  • First, I started with eating healthier and becoming more active. My personal experience with eating balanced meals was particularly important, because I would often skip meals and this would affected me adversely when working long hours.
  • Exercising helped me manage my day to day stress. One of the best ways for me to deal with stress is to get a good work out (running or cycling, lifting weights). Working out really takes my mind off things and gives me a bit more energy in addition to helping me refocus my efforts.
  • Taking time for myself and doing things I enjoy helped me be less stressed as well. When I go swim, garden, or take the kids to the park I enjoy myself!
  • Planning ahead also helped me feel calm. When I plan what I need to do, and what things I should do for the next day, it helps me rest better. Then I am able to end my day with plenty of sleep.

Matthew Matthew_374

"Smart Shopping = Recipe Altering Techniques"

Since discovering jarred grilled eggplant and sundried tomatoes in the store, my “San Antonio Parmesan” has been a favorite personal invention to make. All you need is a baking pan, tortillas, grilled eggplant or sundried tomatoes, sauce, cheese, and a few minutes in the oven. As I have tried to eat healthier I have experimented with modifying this recipe by:

  • Using whole grain fat free tortillas
  • Making sure the sauce was low fat and contained lots of vegetables
  • Using fat free cheese

I have also noticed that the stores now carry sun dried tomatoes in the bag so you could even eliminate the fat calories that come from the olive oil that is in the jar, but since my great grandfather had a olive orchard in Italy and lived to the ripe age of 97, I figure a little olive oil can be part of my healthy lifestyle too.

Monica Monica_315

"Want to Run a Race? "

Whether you are trying to get motivated to get off the couch or you've been running/walking for a while on your own, signing up for a race is an excellent way to get that extra push!

  • Don't know where to start? That's okay! San Antonio is chock full of running clubs that can help. Many post upcoming races on their websites. Check there first and find a race that suits you best.
  • When I say “suits you best” I mean it. You want to be able to look forward to it and enjoy the whole experience. There are tons of different kinds of races: pub runs, charitable runs, night runs, mud runs, fun runs and many more. If you don't drink don't run a pub run, if you don't want to get dirty stay away from mud runs, etc. Choose one that you think you'd especially enjoy being a part of and go for it.
  • Make a goal! After choosing the race, set a goal. The goal can be as simple as completing the race or more specific like a personal record. Make sure it's a reasonable and attainable goal so you don't set yourself up for disappointment.

Get proper training in before the race and always keep hydrated! Have fun with it and your first 5k will turn into your first 10k followed by your first half marathon in no time.

Paul Paul_043

"Healthy Family = Happy Family"

Ever since I refocused on a healthy lifestyle, I have noticed the results trickling down to my children. These are great way to get your children involved in healthy living too:

  • Sugary cereals are no longer on the breakfast menu, they’ve been replaced with more healthy items like oatmeal.
  • When we go to the grocery store we avoid packaged items like pastries and instead the children pick fruit items for their school snacks, including bananas, apples, or grapes. 
  • At dinner time, include the kids with menu planning--I was pleasantly surprised when my son came up and asked “what healthy items are we having for dinner tonight?” 
  • Eating dinner as a family is a great way to avoid fast food and share family time.  Having more family dinners has pulled my family back together! 


Alanna Alanna_364
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