National Health Corps Chicago Blog

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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Growing up in Chicago gave me countless opportunities and ways to discover what I truly love to do, and like other AmeriCorps members I found that it is my passion to help others. When I see someone in need, I not only see it as an opportunity to help, but also as my responsibility to do so. To be more specific, the way I want to help others is through health.
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I serve as an Asthma Educator with the Respiratory Health Association and offer education to students with asthma in 3rd through 8th grades, along with parents, staff and other community members throughout Cook County. Great, now what does this mean?
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Our phenomenal Program Director, Karen Berg, is leaving the CHC to receive a Master's Degree in Higher Education. We are so proud of her, but sad to see her go.
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