For Shannon Snook, a student at University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine, gardening and cooking aren’t just a hobby – they are a powerful means of achieving health and happiness, as well as strengthening family bonds. “My grandparents grew up gardening on family farms,” Snook says. “Being able to talk about gardening, swapping tips, and exchanging recipes helped transcend … [Read more...] about Using Gardening as a Tool to Promote Health—and Strengthen Families and Communities: Five Questions for a Fellow with Shannon Snook
Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program
Schweitzer Fellow and University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine student Ali Arastu has long possessed a powerful passion for the environment and the wilderness: “My experiences in the mountains and oceans continue to provide me with inspiration,” he says. “I love to share this passion with others.” That’s exactly what Arastu has spent the past year doing. As a Schweitzer Fellow, … [Read more...] about “Advocating for the Environment Is the Ultimate Preventive Medicine”: Five Questions for a Fellow with Ali Arastu
Katia Vaisberg is well aware that comprehensively addressing America’s obesity epidemic will require large-scale social and systemic change: “How can we expect mothers to allow their children to run around and play outside if there are no parks, and if there were reports of gang violence one street down from their house last week?” the Schweitzer Fellow asks. “How can we urge families to stop … [Read more...] about “Working Together Towards Healthier Lifestyles”: Five Questions for a Fellow with Katia Vaisberg
On Nov. 21 in Playa Del Ray, California, more than 100 people laced up their sneakers for an all too urgent cause: suicide prevention. The STRIDES 5k Run/Walk -- orchestrated by Schweitzer Fellows and UCLA Master of Public Health candidates Ashley Roberts and Anne Sutkowi -- marked the culmination of a STRIDES, a 10-week running-focused suicide prevention program orchestrated by Schweitzer … [Read more...] about Striding Across the Finish Line to Prevent Suicide: STRIDES 5k a Success!
Each week, Beyond Boulders delivers a new installment of “Five Questions for a Fellow” – an interview series with Schweitzer Fellows across the country and in Gabon, Africa who are leading the movement to eliminate health disparities. For an archive of previous “Five Questions for a Fellow” interviews, click here. For Anne Sutkowi and Ashley Roberts (above), running is more than just a … [Read more...] about Five Questions for a Fellow: Ashley Roberts and Anne Sutkowi Take STRIDES Towards Empowering Vulnerable Students in Los Angeles