In high school, I played a lot of sports. I stopped, but I still wanted to be fit – that’s why I joined the Y. At the Y I usually run on the elliptical, then I do a bunch of other machines like the leg press. I do yoga, sit ups, squats. I felt so good all of the time and it made me more confident, more fit, made me like my body better. Then I got my friends to start working out as well! Since I was so passionate about it I joined a group called the American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad. Exercise is a big part of living with diabetes in a healthy way. I got involved and went to the Dominican Republic to help people who live with the condition, which included exercise as a big part of it. The reason I wanted to do something related to diabetes is because I didn’t even know what diabetes was. I wanted something new to learn. I have made a lot of amazing friends through the Y!

- Shashi