Published: Monday, August 26, 2013
By Lauren Frazier '13
With a new school year comes a new opportunity to practice healthy habits. One student advocating a healthy community is NCCU sophomore Kebreeya Lewis, a criminal justice major.
She was featured in an HBO documentary, “The Weight of the Nation for Kids: Kebreeya’s Salad Days.” She has also organized an NCCU organization, BOOM — Building Our Own Movement — to provide healthy insight for students and surrounding communities.
“The Weight of the Nation for Kids: Kebreeya’s Salad Days” aired May 7 and can still be viewed on YouTube and HBOGo.
Throughout the documentary, Lewis promotes fresh vegetables and fruits at a public school in her hometown of Goldsboro. Through hard work and determination, Lewis persuades the mayor and school board to include a salad bar in her high school, Wayne School of Engineering.
Lewis has since brought her healthy community efforts to NCCU, where she started BOOM last September. “BOOM teaches the importance of choosing to eat healthier, by activities, encouragement and supporting each other,” said Lewis.
BOOM also participates in working in the garden on campus to ensure healthy and fresh growth of the products. Students active in BOOM can participate in educational field trips, creative workshops, community service opportunities and fresh food.
Lewis wants to see our community and future generations begin a healthy lifestyle. “It starts with yourself,” Lewis said. “Lead by example — it’s all in a person’s drive, and in BOOM we are not perfect but we keep going through patience and hard work.”
BOOM workshops are generally held on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Students interested in BOOM can follow BOOM on Twitter @NCCU_BOOM or “like” BOOM on Facebook at BOOM NCCU. Feel free to contact Kebreeya Lewis of BOOM at firstname.lastname@example.org.