By: Paola Granado Pla, Gladimar Ross Luciano and Yelitza Seda Torres
Elen González, 70, is at station #21 in the marketplace of Mayagüez. Over the past 30 years, she has sold fruits and vegetables. “Our parents have lived longer by consuming fruits and vegetables.”
Alsenio Pérez, 50, is at station #19 in the marketplace of Mayagüez. Over the past 31 years, he has sold vegetables and fruits. “Fruits and vegetables come from the Earth that’s why they are healthy. Everything natural is the best.”
Mr. Kevin Lebrón, 30, is at station #10 in the marketplace of Mayagüez. Over the past 10 years, he has worked by selling fruits and vegetables. “Unfortunately, today’s children prefer eating hamburgers rather than fruits and vegetables. That’s why we must promote good health.”
Mirangely Matos, 23, is a student at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. In the past seven months, she started eating and exercising properly with her friend at Luxury Fitness. “Having a balance in daily life is the best option because it helps to prevent future disease.”
Ana G. Figueroa Borges, 22, is a student at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. She has promoted good nutrition by eating fruits and raw vegetables. “I changed my lifestyle from eating junk and inorganic foods to benefit my son’s health.”
Tairis Aponte Santiago, 22, is a student at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. In the past year she registered in the ARMY to promote natural foods. “It is good to know the origin of food and agricultural products because you know where they come from and how they are harvest.”
Alexis Pellot, 31, is a personal trainer in E.S Fitness and Tiger Fitness Gym. Over the past eight years, he has worked as a personal trainer for children and adults. “Teaching adults and children good education and discipline for performing physical activity helps their health for the future.”
Bolivar Berenguer, 32, is a teacher in physical education. Over the past six years, Bolivar has worked in public and private schools in the west area. “In health class, many young students have asked me what snacks are healthy and the calories that it contains.”
Jose Angel Cruz Troche, 21, is a student at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. Troche played baseball since he was five years old with his dad. “Occasionally, I spend hours without eating because I don’t have time between classes and games. That’s why I eat a lot during my free days.”
Jeffrey N. Hernández, 22, is a student at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. Over the past 15 years, he has played baseball and practice every day for the improvement of his athletic performance. “Good nutrition is one of the elements that helps have a good performance.”
Outdoor Gym at Cabo Rojo on a Friday morning. The gym was built four months ago in Monte Grande Community. This is the first out of four outdoors gyms to be installed over the course of the next year.
Natural Food Center at Mayagüez on a Monday afternoon. The center emerged in the 70’s. Their mission is to help the human body in its physical, metal and spiritual form. They think that food is the medicine for the body.
Codfish stuffed avocado salad at Organic Bistro is located in the marketplace of Caguas. Throughout the years, the restaurant has offered a low fat vegetarian menu. It uses 100 percent Puerto Rican products and the chef is Roberto Figueroa.
Andrea Granado, 21, grows vegetables and fruits in the garden of her house. She got inspired by her grandmother that loves taking care of her garden, later she started buying books and learning what types of vegetables are easier to grow. “Once I started growing it became my addiction and I couldn’t stop, it’s incredible the joy that gives me when the plants are growing.”
Maria Granado, 18, buying her fruits and vegetables in a local shop at Rincon. Over the past three years, she has improved and learned how to eat healthy by not going to fast foods, but instead supporting the local agriculture. “It was a challenge and at the beginning was difficult not eating junk food, but at the end I felt better with my health.”
Maria Pla, 47, doing her workout routine by performing spinning at In & Out Cycling Trainamics. Since she was a kid her passion was to play tennis and challenged herself to be a better athlete by training every day. “Doing exercise is my daily therapy, if I don’t exercise my mood changes and I feel without energy to perform my daily duties.”
Monika Von, 24, enjoys preparing zucchini noodles with an avocado cream sauce. She started five years ago cooking vegan food and creating an Instagram blog with her healthy recipes. “I love motivating people to live a healthier life and showing them that eating healthy also taste good.”
In & Out Cycling Trainamics has an area of weights for the members of the gym that wants to workout. The gym opened four years ago and its main purpose is to train people that want to become experts in cycling. Training with weights is the use of resistance for muscular contraction to build the strength in the muscle.
Ali Carpenter, 24, makes each morning a healthy breakfast smoothie with cucumber, spinach, avocado, lime, kiwi, kale, ginger and apple. She started making the smoothies when she bought the Nutribullet that is a nutrition extractor system. “I couldn’t’ feel happier and healthier without my smoothies, I have lost 10 pounds.”
Aquafina is a bottle water that is found in supermarkets, restaurants, bending machines and other places. A century ago, Pepsi Cola Company launched the branch of Aquafina. Drinking water every day helps maintain the balance of body fluids, keeps skin looking good, it helps energize muscles and maintain a normal bowel function.