Cavaliers News · Taylor Hooton Foundation Presentation

On August 21st, 2019, LaSalle-Peru High School will present the Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF) and their ALL ME Assembly to the student-athletes and their adult influencers.  This will partake in the Auditorium in the evening (5:30pm for wrestlers and 7pm for general population). A separate assembly will be held specifically for the LPHS Wrestling Program that will focus on proper nutrition for their specific sport. While this presentation is geared to athletics, any student and the guardians of the student of LPHS are welcomed to attend.

THF is a non-profit organization that is leading a national campaign to educate youth and their adult influencers (parents, guardians, coaches). Their campaign is to educate on proper nutrition for improving overall performance and the dangers of loosely regulated dietary supplements, hGH, and anabolic steroids. THF speaks to all levels of individuals from high school to college, professional athletes, and partnering with professional leagues.

THF promotes a food-based approach to achieve strength gains and improved fitness through food versus APES. The primary goal and focus is first and foremost a natural food-based approach. If nutrition fails to meet the demands for achieving optimal recovery, they discuss the safety measures needed to take in regards to supplementation. Many individuals do not realize that dietary supplements lack thorough regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. Because of this, companies are not required to follow the safety standards that our food sources must follow, often leading to hidden ingredients that are dangerous to growing bodies and our health and well-being.

A common point that is seen from a student-athlete’s perspective when not achieving the success they would like, is to turn to any possible way to improve or obtain the next step up. For example, it is often said “getting bigger/stronger” will help improve your chances of playing and become successful to the next level. However, the problem with this statement is that many student-athletes are not taught proper methods to achieve this. This is when the student-athletes often turn to APES.  It is through the THF that we will educate the student-athletes and their adult influencers. The more knowledge that can be given to them about proper methods would help to ensure it is being done as safely as possible.

With a variety of factors influencing sports and the pressure to succeed in a variety of ways, it is best to educate and continue to educate both the student-athletes and the adult influencers in their lives. By working with the Taylor Hooton Foundation to bring the current information to LaSalle Peru High School, we are trying to help our student-athletes achieve the highest level of success in the healthiest way possible.

LaSalle-Peru High School would like to thank Kelsey Brannan for all of her work in coordinating this presentation from the Taylor Hooton Foundation.