Program: Nutrition Soldiers

 

Nutrition Soldiers of Bayview Hunter’s Point

Nutrition Soldiers is a group of youth at 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic in Bayview Hunter’s Point. The Nutrition Soldiers are supporting the work of community organizations in Bayview that are invested in improving the community’s access to healthy food through food assessments, store makeovers, and relationship building with local corner stores and markets. The Nutrition Soldiers are developing a media marketing campaign to build the demand for healthy food in BHP and promote healthy eating among their peers.

Why is this important?

  • Fast and junk food companies spend billions of dollars every year to market their products. In fact, 87% of food and beverage ads seen by children are of unhealthy products. Advertising works! On a given day, 30-40% of children and adolescents eat fast food. (“Obesity: Complex but Conquerable”, Institute of Medicine)
  • We have to combat a very rich industry and if we want people to change their habits, we have to employ multiple strategies to encourage people to shift.

Meet the Nutrition Soldiers Youth Advocates
Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.46.21 PMShelby Laird is currently an 8th grader at Kipp Bayview Academy. She is 13 years old and was born at St. Luke’s Hospital. She loves to play basketball and plans to go to Spelman College to study cosmetology. She also lives with her mother, father and both her older brother and sister.

              Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.44.39 PMMy names Provell. I’m currently 14 years old and go to Kipp Bayview Academy. In 5 years from now I’ll probably be in high school or in the air force learning how to build things. My sister’s friend, who took me under her wing as her own, introduced me to 3rd Street Youth Center. I’ve been talking to a lot of teens around here and they’ve kind of helped me in the long run. So has Joe our videography teacher and the rest of the teachers at 3rd street.

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                        Jah’rea Burton is currently in 8th grade at Kipp Bayview Academy. She will be graduating in June and soon begin her freshmen year of high school. Jah’rea was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is the 2nd oldest from 3 children. Her father is of Creole decent and her mother of Arabian decent. Jah’rea is planning on finishing her years of grade school and then attending Georgetown in the year of 2018. She is planning on studying marketing and business to eventually become an entrepreneur.

                                      Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 12.46.52 PMDestinee Aaron is currently an 8th grader at Kipp Bayview Academy. Destinee will be graduating the year of 2014 this June and going to high school. She is not only thinking about what high school she wants to attend but she is thinking about what college as well. She likes to have fun and hates staying in the house. Destinee is currently trying out for the basketball team. When she goes to college Destinee wants to become a lawyer and an entrepreneur because she likes to be independent. She is African American and Creole. Destinee is glad to be apart of Nutrition Soldiers and work to make a difference in her community.

                                                   

                                                  Take Action:

                                                  • For more info contact Avni Desai at adesai@yli.org or by call  (415) 836-9160 x 237

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