Alumni

Valeria Hawkins

Valeria Hawkins
Location: Clarksdale, Mississippi Cohort Start Year: 2016 Project Topic: Food Systems and Nutrition Populations Served: Children and Families, Rural Communities
Healthy Schools Program Manager
Alliance for a Healthier Generation Inc.
BUILDING HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES FOR A HEALTHIER GENERATION

FOCUS
I am working to make it easier for kids to develop healthy habits in Mississippi. In the United States, nearly 1 in 3 kids is already overweight or obese, and today’s generation could be the first to live shorter lives than their parents. The significant racial and ethnic disparities that exist in obesity prevalence among American children are pronounced in Mississippi’s diverse communities and pose additional challenges to accessing the resources kids need to grow up healthy. I work with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals, and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier kids.

MORE ABOUT VALERIA
I live by the mission of trying to “be the change I hope to see in the world” and I am a change agent for better children’s health.

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