National Health Corps Chicago Blog

January 1st, 2014, marks a notable New Year as the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, comes into full effect across the United States. Under the Act, health insurance has become a requirement for all U.S. citizens and documented residents.
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Our world is filled with ever-changing fad diets telling us what to eat and what not to eat. With all of these mixed messages found on TV, online, and in magazines, it is easy to become lost. At the end of the day, I feel more confused than educated! With all of these options swirling around my mind, I always find comfort in the essential part of any healthy diet: fiber.
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Many Chicago Health Corps members serve populations who often experience food insecurity. However, during my service at the American Cancer Society, I find myself encouraging the senior population to fast for nearly 24 hours.
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While today I am the Program Director the Chicago Health Corps (CHC) and Healthy Communities Corps (HCC), it feels like not too long ago I was starting my own year of service in Chicago. That’s why when I was asked to write a blog about ‘goals for service’, I decided to share three takeaways from my AmeriCorps days in the hopes that CHC/HCC members will find them helpful along their own journeys.
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America’s love of sugar is well documented and highly visible--just take a walk downtown and glance at the passersby or peer into our vending machines. Agribusiness, obesity and diabetes epidemics, high-fructose this, carb-heavy that. However, my Achilles heel isn’t another sip of sugary sweetness. I crave salt.
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As an AmeriCorps member with the Chicago Health Corps, I serve with the American Cancer Society at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Volunteer mobilization is a key part of my commitment to getting things done for America.
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As young people, we tend to find ourselves invincible. As a young adult, my gym membership, an interest in nutrition, and reliable insurance were my ideas of what it means to be healthy. I visit my doctor, I take my vitamins, and I listen to my mom repeating Dr. Oz’s most recent advice. In recent years however, my life has been affected by the often forgotten chronic illness. Chronic illnesses are neither caught nor passed on. But what’s worse, they are incurable and often unpreventable.
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