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December 27, 2012 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-12-27

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BBG girls learn benefits of positive
thinking and affirmations.

Meredith Berlin

Teen2Teen Writer


BYO has changed my life drasti-
cally and has opened so many
new doors and experiences for
me during high school. One of these
opportunities came Nov. 14 when I
attended a B-Fit class, which was funded
through a grant from the Jewish Woman's
Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit.
The class was held at the Inner Door
Center in Royal Oak, which is an eating
disorder prevention and treatment center.
A small group of middle school and
high school girls, we participated in a
workshop centered on healthy eating,
a positive body image and feeling good
about yourself. We started with each
participant picking an affirmation card.
We then went around the circle and each
read our card and explained how we felt
about it. Reading a positive affirmation

can really turn your day around if you are
having a bad day.
We had a very deep conversation as
a group about eating healthy and keep-
ing a healthy body image in your head.
We talked about loving yourself and
just feeling very good about yourself on
a daily basis. Negative energy is never
a good thing to have. Something that
was brought up was to be positive about
Something I have started doing recent-
ly is reading a positive affirmation every
morning before I go to school. It really
helps get me in a better mood for school
and makes me feel good about myself.
These little things you can do to make
you feel better about yourself make all
the difference sometimes.
During the class, we all got to do a very
relaxing yoga session. Doing yoga after
a long day at school was so much fun
and relieved tons of unwanted stress in

Teens do yoga during the B-Fit class.

my body. I really enjoyed the experience,
and it was something I would love to do
I felt really good about myself after tak-
ing this class. It taught me that I have to
always tell myself positive things and that
being negative is not the answer.
Overall, this being my third B-Fit class,
I think that they are so much fun and


very beneficial. Being a teen, it is hard to
always be positive. These kinds of things
teach you the skills to be able to say posi-
tive things to yourself and about yourself.
Remember to always remain positive!

Meredith Berlin, 15, is president of

Gittleman BBG. She is a sophomore at

Berkley High School.


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December 27 • 2012




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