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8 Health and Wellness Lessons from an MHS Senior

Before enrolling at Milton Hershey School, Delyon—an MHS senior—didn’t routinely exercise and he wasn’t exposed to nutritious foods.

After enrolling at MHS as a high school freshman, Delyon started taking advantage of the school’s fitness center and recreational activities. He also began pushing himself out of his comfort zone by trying new foods such as fruits and vegetables. Over time, Delyon began to notice significant changes—including increased energy, more muscle, a 20-pound weight loss, and an appreciation for foods he had never tasted before. 

Take a look at some of the health and wellness lessons Delyon has learned at MHS!

1. He learned to be open-minded about new food.

“In the beginning of my time at MHS, I was a very picky eater. I didn’t eat salad and my palate was small. I wasn’t very healthy. As the years went on, I started creating goals to do workouts every day and try new food.”

“After I graduate, my goal is to find a workout schedule that works all the time, find a healthy diet, and incorporate new foods into my life. I do my best to always be open-minded.”

2. He started drinking more water.

“Eating healthy and drinking water has helped me feel so much more energized, and I’m ready to tackle each day. It’s so much easier for me to stay optimistic.”

3. He learned how to use exercise equipment.

“When I first enrolled at MHS, I would go to the fitness gallery in my free time and try different workouts to learn the machinery. I was doing something to keep my body active—I wasn’t being stationary.”

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4. He remains mindful of ways he can stay active throughout his daily routine, including his walk to school.

“Before I came to MHS, I didn’t exercise at all. I like being able to walk everywhere on campus. When I walk to school, I have the purpose of getting there as fast as I can and pushing myself with each walk.”

5. He found a support system.

“My best friend has pushed me a lot. When I’m exercising with someone else, I don’t want to be the one to slow us down. I push myself to be at his level, and he pushes himself so we’re together.”

6. He uses exercise to motivate other aspects of his life—such as academics.

“If I know I’m low energy, I pump myself up by listening to good music, doing some push-ups, and dancing to [energize] myself to do schoolwork.”

7. He recognizes his limits and the importance of exercising safely.

“Start small. Build yourself and recognize your limits. Don’t push yourself past them until you know how to do it safely.”

8. He takes personal responsibility for his health and wellness.

 “I’m a very passionate person. Anything I do, I’m giving 100 percent.”

Delyon, an MHS senior, shared health and wellness tips


Delyon enrolled at MHS in ninth grade from Richmond, Virginia.

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