Being on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Youth Advisory Board has helped me to influence my community in a positive way. Through my actions and commitment to the cause, I have educated the ones I love about healthy living. On a broader spectrum, I have changed the mentality towards health in my school and hopefully, I will change it in my state. I have been working with a teacher at my school to create a wellness council and get our school to become a part of the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program. I am currently working with a community garden in my neighborhood and trying to come up with a course there about healthy living and gardening. I’m also working with a retired legislator on ideas about healthy living and nutrition for the Nevada legislature to consider. And, finally, I was just appointed to the Vegas PBS Keeping Kids Fit Advisory Council as their first youth member, advising them on ways to connect youth to their programs and 5K run.
Before the Youth Advisory Board I wanted to be a lawyer – now I’m more interested in public policy and how that relates to the law, specifically in the public health arena. I know this sounds cliché, but I honestly feel so blessed that I was chosen to serve on the Alliance’s Youth Advisory Board. The people I have met – the members and staff – really do inspire me and make me believe that change is not only possible, it’s happening.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, is searching for young people to inspire healthy living in their communities and to take action and help stop childhood obesity.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 Alliance’s Youth Advisory Board. Members serve as ambassadors for the Alliance, share feedback on Alliance programs and activities, and lead service-learning programs related to preventing childhood obesity.
Apply today to be on the next Youth Advisory Board. The application deadline is April 15.