Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating


[Narrator]: There are a lot of benefits
to participating in sport and being physically active. Just like some of
Canada’s top athletes! Joel Demby is a Canadian
National Wheelchair Tennis Champion who’s been
playing for over 15 years. [Joel]: Being in a wheelchair and
growing up in a wheelchair, the ability to stay active
and play a sport is huge. And wheelchair tennis has given
me the chance to see the world and compete for Canada, which
is also very important to me. [Narrator]: In order to be at his best,
he makes healthy food choices whenever he can. [Joel]: I think it starts right in
the morning when you get up for breakfast. You have to fuel yourself
with the right foods. And especially when
you’re at school and you have a big test
or a big assignment that you’re working on. Both in class and at home,
having the right foods and making sure that you have
the right balance of foods are important
because you’re just not going to be at your best. [Narrator]: So how does he
choose what to eat? [Joel]: I think it’s important to pay
attention to the Canadian Food Guide because what it really
does is it reinforces balance. And I think what
it really did was help me to make the
right choices at a very young age that are carried
forth right now for me. [Narrator]: Some of his
favourite things are- [Joel]: Chicken, rice. You know, I love carrots
and celery to snack on. [Narrator]: There are lots of healthy
foods out there and Joel says it’s fun to get creative
or try something new. [Joel]: There’s so many options. With so many
healthy foods you’ll realize it later
that it was great that you tried different
types of vegetables and different types of fruits. [Narrator]: And for what to drink? Joel chooses lots of water. [Joel]: It helps loosen your muscles. It helps reinvigorate
your energy level. [Narrator]: He also says that making
positive food choices helps him when he’s active. And he plans on staying
active for a very long time. [Joel]: Whether it’s playing
wheelchair tennis, whether it’s swimming, whether
it’s working out at the gym, I’m always going to stay active. So in order to succeed
in terms of my goals I have to make the right
choices both on the court and off the court. [Narrator]: Healthy food choices,
together with being active and having fun, are an important
part of healthy living. So make healthy choices
whenever you can. Find what you love to
do and give it a try.

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