While growing up in Louisville, the Reds outfielder never spent countless hours with an Xbox or PlayStation.
“I was always outside riding bikes, building forts or playing ball,” said Duvall, who has a relationship with St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “You really couldn’t keep me inside. I’ve never been a huge video game person.”
As high school fall sports teams conduct their preseason practices, Duvall, 28, shares his thoughts on the importance of health and wellness. His messages, especially to students:
• Being healthy is a lifestyle. “I see my friends will go the gym for three months and they’ll get in great shape and eat healthy and then they’ll slack off,” he said. “But it’s got to be a continuous thing. You can’t be healthy for three months and then three months not.”
• Be active. Increase your heart rate for 30 to 60 minutes a day. “It’s really picking things you enjoy doing: walking, running, playing tennis. Whatever it is. Try to mix that in and make it part of your lifestyle. That makes it easier to be healthy because you actually enjoy what you’re doing,” he said.
• Eat healthy. But, he added, treat yourself now and then. “Just mix in vegetables and lean meats.”
• Everything in moderation. “If you’re going to play video games, try to do it on a rainy day when you can’t get outside,” he said. “Or take an hour break and go outside.”
Perhaps Duvall’s biggest piece of advice is for young people to follow their dreams and not be deterred.
“Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something,” he said.
“I had a teacher when I was in elementary school. On a notecard, we had to write down what we wanted to be when we got older. Of course, mine was a major league baseball player. So, she calls me up the next day and tells me, ‘You’ve got to change this; it needs to be realistic. It needs to be something that you can achieve.’ It kind of rubbed me the wrong way. It made me want to prove her wrong. I remembered it ever since. And here I am playing in the major leagues.”