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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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What do you do at your site to alleviate hunger in the community that you serve? One of the best things we can do for our health and our wallet is to cook, yet processed and fast foods saturate our every day in America. At Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, I educate individuals on good nutrition and provide them the tools to make inexpensive, nutritious meals at home...
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Meet Samantha Kwiatkowski! She was a North Florida Health Corps member during the 2012-2013 service term and served as a Health Educator at the University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES). Read more about her AmeriCorps experience and how it has impacted her future so far!
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What do you do at your site to encourage the development of healthy families? At Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center (FACE), I serve on the prevention team, and focus on HIV/AIDS. In order to encourage the development of healthy families, I am currently training to conduct Be Proud! Be Responsible! workshops, which are centered around HIV prevention for teens and young adults...
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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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What do you do at your site to provide high quality health care for those in need? The Birmingham Free Clinic offers an integrative approach to health care, making sure to take care of all aspects of our patient’s health. For instance, we offer different specialty clinics, including a vision clinic with Guerilla Eye Services and Mission Vision...
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Group service projects are an exciting aspect of our program because they facilitate member bonding and relationship building while simultaneously encouraging community engagement. In this blog post, member Sekela Mwantembe talks about the members' experience serving at Nationalities Service Center's Thanksgiving Dinner.
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