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.
#100MLives #HealthyCarolinas #LWK
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! – Audrey Hepburn”
Hi, it’s me, Destiny. This week I’m going to talk about believing in yourself. Sometimes as humans, we can be our worst enemies. Personally, I always lacked self-confidence. I would always doubt myself when I had an objective or wanted to start something new I would be negative about it. Doing this internship has taught me the value of confidence. The quote above is very inspiring because I realize that things we do will always help build us. We often let fear decide for us because fear is something that comes natural when we faced with things. Even if we win or fail at anything it can be done and we still will have something to take with us. So remember if you are scared to do something, take the chance and do it.
We live in a high-stress society so learning how to relive that stress is super important. An easy way to do this is practicing breathwork a little bit every day. Just taking deep even breaths helps relieve stress. -Izzy, NCHS
Today I will give you guys a health tip about reading the nutrition labels. On Tuesday this week Missi came to talk to us about nutrition labels and how to calculate the calories on prepackaged food. The important take away was whenever you read the ingredients make sure you can pronounce the words, because if you are not able to means that it was made in a lab and isn’t natural. – Deniah A. from Camden High
The summer Health Ambassadors had the opportunity to present research that has inspired them in the work they are doing to establish their own student-led programs at the school. Thank you, Mr. Cox and Amy Speaks for your positivity, feedback, and reinforcement that data matters! •
#leadingfromwithin #leadingtogether#leadingforoutcomes #100MLives#HealthyCarolinas
It’s our first day with summer interns! These four students submitted applications and were selected to be LWK Health Ambassadors representing each of their schools (Camden High, Camden Military Academy, Lugoff-Elgin High, and North Central High). Each will be building action plans for their school that will be ready for implementation upon return in August. Mary Reames, our Intern Coordinator will be overseeing the students’ work and providing lots of yoga/mindfulness breaks 💆🏽♀️👨🏻💻! Be on the lookout for updates from these student leaders 🤓🧠 Special thank you to @laurie_funderburk for allowing us to use your office for Day 1!
After conducting our focus groups, it was time to make sense of all the data! Three sensemaking sessions were held for Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central High Schools. Thank you to everyone who attended for being our experts on what youth need to be healthy…physically, mentally, and socially 🤓🤗💪🏽🧠#HealthyCarolinas#100MLives
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