Partnership and collaboration are key ingredients to implementation. We are blessed to have community leaders that identify resources that match our mission. Way to go North Central High School and Laurie Slade Funderburk! We are so proud of our Intern, Izzy Baipho, for her ongoing role in these activities and Mary Reames, our Intern Coordinator, for being the summer inspiration to spark our students to action🤸♀️🗣️💚
Have you heard about Brain Breaks? Here is our Camden High School – SCHealth Ambassador, Deniah, leading Junior Leadership Kershaw County through “Breath of Joy” to get the blood flowing during their non-profit session today!
Less 🤯 and more 🤓 please!
Thank you for letting us take part in this day with Junior Leadership Kershaw County! We are excited to see how non-profits will benefit from projects completed by this group of brilliant leaders.
Take a Brain Break from Hurricane Flo prep and check out an update from Mary Reames and our Camden High School – SC Health Ambassador, Deniah Arthur on how implementation is going… 🤩
Great work, Knights! We are looking for community volunteers and organizations interested in donating fresh fruit to keep this cart stocked. Help NCHS keep a good thing going!
Last week, we had the opportunity to co-create a shared vision for success in working with high school youth in Kershaw County. As part of our involvement with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as a SCALE 2.0 community, we were honored to include Executive Lead of 100Million Healthier Lives and Vice President of IHI, Dr. Soma Stout in this session. This was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how Kershaw County collaborates to create community transformation to improve population health, as evidenced by our All-America City 2018 win. Moving forward, the coalition will be presented with the information that came out of this session in order to link community resources to the support that students need. Special thanks to Amy Speaks, Rose Montgomery, Casey Robinson, Mary Anne Byrd, and Maria Spring for representing Camden High, North Central High, Camden Military Academy, Lugoff-Elgin High, and the Kershaw County School District.
This summer I have had a great experience working with my fellow interns, leaders in the community, and LiveWell Kershaw. There are a lot of things that I will take away from this summer such as how to eat healthier, manage my stress, and more. By far one of the most important things to me that I have done this summer is our work with Brain Breaks, because I feel like if we get them in our schools then we will help out a lot of students. For instance, a small break can have the greatest influence on a student that can prevent a mental break down or raising their stress levels. I have also learned that people are willing to help and give up their free time, which personally helps me build my character. As a matter of fact, it means that I don’t always have to be so independent and do things on my own all of the time. In addition, to what I loved about this summer was meeting people in the community and this internship gave me the chance to hear people’s story, what they do for a living, why they do it, and why they want to help us and the youth in general. I’ve had the opportunity to make new friends and form new bonds with people that has given me advice for my club and personally for myself, which has inspired me to do more great things.
-Deniah Arthur, Camden High School – SC
WOW is all I can say. As I’m writing this, I’m trying to gather all my feelings. This summer has been very empowering to me. Before even taking this job, I wanted to work on finding myself. The definition of wow is expressing admiration. My wow moment would be this internship. I have learned so many great things that I can take and apply to my life. Each guest speaker we had taught me cool things.
One of my favorite things was how to read food labels. Everything that glitters is not gold. Foods that use all these nice words like fresh and natural can be misleading. When reading the ingredients, it’s important that you watch out for certain colors like Red 40 and Yellow 6. I learned that not everything is good for the body and that we should treat it like a Ferrari. I also learned that having connections with people and making relationships is very important. Chris taught us that for every jerk out there, there are three other wonderful human beings.
Overall, this was a very WOW experience for me. I have learned the value of teamwork, but also the importance of changing and making a better decision to become the root of the change. I admire each and every one I have met during this internship. I have learned the value of self-love and loving others.
-Destiny Harris, Lugoff-Elgin High School
Rev. Richard Joyner came to share his journey in Conetoe, NC. His community engaged youth in a complete overhaul of the community’s food system with a focus on human development.
Pictured here L to R is our Health Ambassador Coordinator, Mary Reames, Rev. Joyner, Coalition Director, Kathryn Johnson, and Health Ambassador, Destiny Harris.