Wildcats Working Out and Eating Healthy to Better Body and Mind


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A group of young in Wildcat Nation have set out to be healthier, both mentally and physically, by changing their diet and workout program. We sat down with this group and they told us what inspired them to reapproach diet and exercise, how they did it, and the results of their efforts. 

Manny Vedder, Bryce Feeny, and  Zachary Hunter came together during Freshman year and quickly became friends. This year, they began to notice they were feeling tired all day and their diets were based on unhealthy foods. 

They decided to make a change. Vedder, Feeny, and Hunter decided to work together and improve their physical and mental state.

They started by tracking the food they were consuming, focusing on eating high protein and fewer carbohydrates. For working out, they began getting together at World Gym to lift weights and develop their cardiovascular strength. 

Vedder gave us some insight into how he has changed his eating habits. He said he usually has a protein shake for breakfast, for lunch rice with some sort of protein such as chicken or tenderloin. For dinner, Vedder likes to get creative with high-protein versions of regular food such as pizza and pasta. 

These young men have been following this routine since January and told us they have experienced many benefits. Vedder told us, “mentally I feel better because I am working on improving myself which makes me feel good.”

Hunter told us about his personal experiences so far, “Now that I have been eating healthier I have noticed that I have more energy throughout the day than when I was eating unhealthy foods.”

These Wildcats have seen impressive results in just the very short amount of time they have been eating healthier and working out. They expect to be on the same path for as long as they can stay active and eat healthily.

Their efforts go to show that anyone can do it, it only takes initiative and a little motivation. This motivation can be found within everyone and their everyday life.  

Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabriel Gonzalez, a Sophomore at Ukiah High, plays football and has dreams of going to a Division 1 school one day. In addition, he is passionate about playing fantasy football. He also loves going on jogs, walks, Mountain biking and hiking.

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