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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local high schooler has lost 70 lbs. by making a few simple changes. Now, she's turned it into a class for JCPS elementary students.
Cara Burch is the founder of Biggest Achiever.
"We were in health class and we were learning about all of the diseases and everything that can accumulate from health habits in general," said Burch. "Honestly, it kind of scared me because I knew my personal lifestyle wasn't where it should be at, because I knew I was overweight, and I really need to exercise more, and have better eating habits."
And so her personal journey began. As a freshman at Dupont Manuel High School, she started eating healthy, working out everyday and eventually lost 70 lbs.
"I got to school with a lot of people who don't have the right eating habits and the right sleep habits and the right exercise habits," Burch said. "I really wanted to take my success that I had with my own lifestyle journey and be able to share it with other people."
Burch took her healthy lifestyle approach to the Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent. She was given the green light to start a program she calls the Biggest Achiever.
"I really wanted to go back to where all of the issues -- I guess with my own lifestyle -- started," she said.
Cara started teaching the 30-minute classes to 4th graders at Tully Elementary School in October.
"Instead of eating Skittles, try fresh berries and blueberries and strawberries and apples," she said.
She also taught the children the importance of sleep and exercise -- all lessons, these students say, were easy to learn.
"It's really good to drink water," said Alyssa Brent, a fourth grade student. "Don't drink that much soda because soda can make your body unhealthy."
"I learned to also eat fruit a lot more because I used to eat, like, one or two pieces every week," said Austin Benningfield, another fourth grader. "Now I eat one or two pieces every day."
"I at least want to try to get it into maybe three schools next year instead of just one," Burch said.
The students are given incentives to participate.
The top students in the biggest achiever program win prizes like tickets to UofL sports.