Last month's poster contest was a little different. Instead of uses for a brand-new poster, I wanted to hear about your dreams as a health educator. What do you want? What do you strive for? I was totally impressed with all the responses as I read through each and every one.
It may come as no surprise that I once again had a hard time choosing a winner. You had all submitted such thoughtful and compelling answers. But I knew a winner had to be chosen, and it was ultimately Emily, a dietetic intern from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.
Emily answered the question, "What do you wish you could do as an educator?" with "I wish that I could remove the stigma associated with school lunches so that all students can enter the lunch room with an open mind."
This answer leaped from the page, especially in the face of the anti-school lunch campaign that was recently waged on Twitter. Imagine what you could do if you didn't have to worry about all the stigma that is currently associated with school lunches!
Emily really got me thinking, and I plan to use her response as I create new materials for our store. Oh, and I just had to ask Emily what she is planning to do with the poster she won. Her answer? It's either going into her office or it'll be donated at one of the schools where she interns. What great ideas!
Do you have the same wish as Emily? If you do, there are a few materials that might make a good first step. Consider the following...
Of course, I found so many of the contest submissions compelling that I just have to share a few of the "honorable mentions." Here they are, along with some resources to help people with the same dreams start down the path towards making those dreams a reality...
"I want to teach people to eat healthy using inexpensive ingredients. Food can be used smartly for preventing diseases such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension just to mention some. I want to use the materials as a resouce in my cooking classes for my Spanish Speaking and English Speaking patients."
- 25 Ingredients Into 15 Great Meals Presentation
- Healthy Shopping on a Budget: PowerPoint and Handout Set
- Cooking Demonstration Ideas Book
"As a CHF educator being able to teach my patients the benefit of eating healthy would enable me and them to have a better quality of life."
- Make the DASH for Better Health Presentation
- Freedom from Chronic Disease Poster
- Health Education Newsletter and Library
What's your dream?
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.