You are what you Eat!

Scholarship Entrant: Gessica from New Carrollton, Maryland
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Gessica: 8

Currently I am majoring in a field that that would lead to my dream career which is a community health worker. As a community health worker I would able to make changes in people’s everyday lives, specifically their health. Our communities are plagued with chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Chronic illnesses cost the United States billions of dollars each year and are becoming a growing problem internationally as well. In fact research has shown that today’s generation of adults will be the first to outlive their children due to the growing number of diabetes cases developing among children. There are many factors that contribute to this growing problem ranging from resources such as access to fresh produce to pure knowledge. As a community health worker I can help provide communities with the knowledge and in some cases the resources needed to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health my initial goal will be to work for the “Healthy School Lunches” program that has already started a campaign with Washington D.C Public Schools and spread the campaign to Prince Georges County Public Schools. Eventual I would like to continue this campaign of healthier school lunches and also integrate lessons on healthy eating in classroom settings to reinforce healthy school lunches. With this in mind my overall goal would be to lower the rising cases of childhood diabetes even by a small percentage.

Vote for Gessica: 8

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