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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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YMCA’s Tiger Academy Charter School hosted its 5th annual “Jingle Bell Walk” event to engage students in making healthy lifestyle choices. The event was coordinated by Tiger Academy’s faculty and North Florida Health Corps AmeriCorps member, Chanel Callin. Read more about the role Chanel played in coordinating and hosting the event and how her service with the YMCA is impacting her.
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What do you do at your site to improve the health and well-being of youth in the community that you serve? At the UPMC Adolescent Medicine, I serve mainly as a care coordinator in the Service Access for Youth Drop-In Center, which takes place at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) downtown. After patients receive services, I, as the care coordinator, make sure that efforts are not duplicated amongst the service providers and physicians...
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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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