Hey Generation Z! Today is the first day of the rest of our lives! Join me as I embark on a health, wellness and fitness challenge for the next two weeks.

Earlier this week, I started an online fitness routine with my grandmother, Kathy. Each day, we complete a fitness video in the comfort of each of our homes. Then, we text each other to make sure we both completed the workout as a means to hold each other accountable.

Additionally, I am now also watching everything that I eat to make sure that it is wholesome, not full of additives and not processed. I am also embarking on a two-week water challenge. Each day I am drinking only water, so no sugary beverages…not even my favorite sweet tea, Sprite or the ever so famous Starbucks drink.

Join me and take the challenge for the next two weeks. Let’s do this! Let’s embark on this journey together and take health, wellness, and fitness to a whole new level. I challenge you to start simple. Pick three things you want to change about your day. Maybe it is to eliminate the KitKat or Oreos you eat every day at lunch or skipping the extra sweets before you go to bed or at the movie theatre. Even switching to a grilled chicken breast instead of the fried chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-a drive through. It’s a simple, easy, and fun task we could each make small things that would all add up together to make a huge impact on our lives.

I’ve watched my relatives go through health issues such as heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and diabetes.  This has caused me, as a teenager to do what I can do for my body to keep me in the best shape possible and potentially help reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease later on in life.

I challenge you to join me!
1. Do some form of fitness a day…ride a bicycle, take a walk, even play tennis with your family.
2. Order grilled food instead of fried food.
3. Try to encourage your family to only shop from the perimeter isles of the grocery store since the food up and down the middle typically is processed and has additives.
4. Drink water! Lots of water! Four, five, six bottles a day. Drink only water for the next two weeks.

Are you ready for the challenge? Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Here we go Generation Z, it starts now!


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Kadence Bennett
Kadence is a young Cook County teenager who loves her smart watch, smart phone, iPad and all other forms of digital media overload. Some of her accomplishments include making the middle and high school cheer teams, the golf team, maintaining Honor Roll status every semester in school, and winning the school's writing fair two years in a row. Kadence will begin Cook County High School in the fall of 2018, and also will attend Georgia Military College as a dual-enrolled student. She enjoys service projects and loves to volunteer in her local community. Helping people has always been her passion. Kadence has set her goal to become a pediatric surgeon, after studying at Harvard Medical School.



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