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Pawling Teen Lifts With A Purpose

Zoe Huff
Zoe Huff Photo Credit: Contributed

PAWLING, N.Y. -- Pawling bodybuilder Zoe Huff graduated from the Oakwood Friends School on June 10, in Poughkeepsie.

This fall, she will be going to Syracuse University, majoring in exercise science and psychology. .

“I read in eighth grade that Beyoncé was doing 1000 crunches per day,” remembers Huff. “So I started an exercise regime with a friend, doing the crunches together via Skype. I got up at 5 AM, ran a mile, came back and did calisthenics. I gradually discovered the importance of nutrition.

There were also societal gender issues at play.

“In high school there is a lot of pressure to look a certain way,” Huff says. “I definitely went through that, trying to be thin and having a small waist. It’s not fun. I have real empathy for people with eating disorders,” says Huff. “Hence psychology is one of “I see myself also getting a nutrition degree,” she says.

Huff has global perspectives. She has traveled most every year of her life. Destinations have included Asia, Australia and Europe.

“I like exploring other cultures, it’s eye-opening. There’s a whole other world going on out there."

Huff went to two other high schools, one private and one parochial, before enrolling at Oakwood Friends in her junior year.

“I really liked it mostly for the diverse and accepting culture,” she says. “I’ve never been at a school where people don’t judge you.” Huff said. "It’s like living in a nurturing bubble here. Everyone cares about one another. That’s something that helps to form good people at a young age.”

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