Plank Shares Healthy Choices

November 8, 2005
In the midst of a busy offseason of travel, Julie Plank took some time to share some important advice on life decisions with students at Mt. Vernon Middle School on Tuesday, Nov. 8. She spoke to over 260 students in the eighth grade class about a number of topics and used her own experience, as well as those as the players that she has coached, as examples to help illustrate her points on life decisions.

Plank talked about the value of academics in giving you choices in life. She related that knowledge is power in life, and the fact that it helps in the development of not only a person’s career but also in many other areas. She also spoke to the kids about social development and the importance of getting involved in productive activities that contribute to society and one’s own personal growth. Finally, she wrapped up with a discussion of the importance of diet, exercise and rest in one’s physical development.

Plank shared the value that Fever players like Tamika Catchings place on their health, and how that has helped them to live not only successful careers on the basketball floor but also happy lives.

Before leaving, she handed out a number of prizes to the kids including t-shirts and autographed items. The Fever also donated WNBA Be – Smart – Be Fit – Be Yourself fitness journals and posters to all of the children in attendance.

The visit was part of the WNBA’s Be Smart – Be Fit – Be Yourself program. Launched in May of 2005 the program is designed to encourage teens to learn more about fitness and serves as a year-long “call to action” to make a commitment to being fit and healthy.