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"A special part of my National Health Corps Florida AmeriCorps service term has been being able to launch my own wellness program at the New American Welcome Center (NAWC) at the DuPont YMCA."
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"I’m convinced that it was just yesterday that my roommates and I walked into our first day of pre-service orientation (PSO) and recited the AmeriCorps pledge. The feelings of excitement of the unknowns of what the service year could bring occupied my mind the night before our first day. I’ve been reflecting a lot on these memories lately, especially now that we are just a month away from finishing out our program. I’ve created a lot of new memories since that first week of PSO, and many involve the stories of the individuals that I’ve had the pleasure of serving."
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"Let’s face it, we all love food, right? As the Diabetes QI Coordinator at Shadyside Family Health Center, I get to talk about food, a lot. One of my major roles is to sit down with patients who have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes to discuss management strategies. The majority of the time, this conversation turns to food. Usually, I have the patient walk me through their typical eating day, so that we can discuss modifications such as adding vegetables at dinner time, or substituting the kind of carbohydrates they are eating at breakfast. However, I began to recognize a pattern in the conversations that I was having. Many of my patients reported they knew what they should be eating, but were not because they could not afford to do so."
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"Let’s talk about the definition of “service”. Often, people automatically think of “helping others. At first glance, both words have good meaning. The difference between these words, “helping” and “serving”, are quite significant. Something to be cautious of is by “helping” people we are inadvertently looking at people as if they are on a different level than us. By “serving” people we are looking at them as if we are equals and they are whole. With that, we can benefit those by building them up instead of diminishing what it is to be, their human-self."
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