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"With recent news of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many other innocent black lives lost to racism, systemic inequities, and police brutality, it is now more important than ever to practice anti-racism. Simply being “not racist” is not enough. White people have benefitted from the systemic inequities and racism that is the foundation of the United States i.e. White Privilege (Collins, 2018)."
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How do I even begin discussing all these risk factors to a first-time mom without scaring her? I reflected on the training I received on motivational interviewing and empathy — How would I want this information to be shared with me if I was in her shoes?
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Although in these times, it is difficult to stay motivated and stay true to my personal mission statement, I find it is helpful to remind myself of why I do what I do. In the same way, I hope to encourage my clients to find their inner motivations for engaging in healthy behaviors. To end, I have included my personal mission statement in hopes that you, too, will take a minute to think about yours.
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When I learned that a large portion of my position as a Health Educator at The PLAYERS Center for Child Health would involve convincing 6th grade students about the importance of nutrition - in a 45-minute class - I knew I’d have my work cut out for me.
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I remember questioning my great-grandma one night about why she always overcooked every meal we had. She responded, “Because you never know who will be at your door and ask you for food and that person could unknowingly be an angel.” Ever since, I promised to myself to never be selfish and always be willing to give.
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