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
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.
Hey everyone, it’s me Destiny Harris, your Lugoff-Elgin intern. This week we talked about stress. We had a special guest named Tina Stokes Griggs from the The ALPHA Behavioral Health Center. Ms. Griggs was awesome…she gave us some great tips on ways to relieve stress and how to recognize stress. We talked about things that stress people out such as school, work, and relationships. Ms.Griggs explained to us that not all stress is bad. In fact, stress can help build us. For example, I hate public speaking. It is a fear of mine that always stresses me out. However, it is something that improves my social skills. We also learned about how stress can affect a person. An example of this would be someone stressing over a test and not getting enough rest…then they end up not having clear a mind to pass the test. Ms. Griggs helped us create glitter jars and also did a guided meditation that left Seth and I drooling🤤 on her blankets.
I also want to give a shout out to Ms. Melia Campolong for giving us the best water aerobic lesson at the Kershaw County Parks & Recreation DepartmentAquatic Center. Ms.Campolong guided us through water aerobics and how it impacts different parts of the body. We used different equipment in the pool such as buoys, noodles, and water weights. I liked the water aerobics because it’s something that everyone can do. This week was very empowering because I got to learn new things. Thanks Ms. Campolong and Ms.Griggs for giving me new ideas to improve my health.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn
Hi guys, 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 naturally 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.
Hey you guys it’s me Destiny again. This week I’m going to talk about staying hydrated and drinking water. Water is the healthiest drink that you can find. There are many benefits from H2O. Water helps carry important things to the cells throughout are body. Water is a natural detox and removes waste from the body. Also, water helps maintain health and keeping the skin young. Water very essential to the body and you should drink half your weight in ounces to get the good part out of it.