Monday, May 30, 2011

Hot Summer Days: Staying Hydrated

A good tip for hot summer days is walking with your water. During the hot summer days, we sweat more often and as a result, our bodies tend to need more hydration. To combat dehydration, I walk with my water bottles everywhere I go. For instance, this weekend (sunny weather), my boyfriend had a cricket match; and if you know anything about cricket, it lasts hours (5+ hrs).
I fill it up first thing in the morning or when I plan to go outdoors. This way, I always have water to drink & I don't have to spend money on those pesky, water bottles (which can add up). I recommend reusable bottles like the one pictured below.

I hope this tip keeps you hydrated during the hot & humid summer days.

Stay Hydrated!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What's for Summer?

Summer is by far the best time of the year for me. I love summer: the warm air; the sun; spending more time with family & friends; the vacations; simply being outdoors.... (I could go on and on). Every summer, I usually set several goals for myself, meant to be accomplished at the end of the summer of course (even though it's not always the case). My goals for this summer include: 
  1. Working as an intern in the field of Public Health. Luckily, I landed an internship at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  2. Traveling….to Nova Scotia, Canada that is…I’m so excited about this trip  
  3. Practicing my French. I found a wonderful website on BBC, where you can French, Spanish, Italian, German and a host of other languages for 12 weeks. What’s even more exciting is that it’s free of charge.The website can be found here. I highly recommend this program
  4.   Conducting Research, Research, Research. I’m also excited about this as well, because I’ll begin research on my thesis.
  5. Becoming CPR/AED certified
  6. Spend more time with family & friends 
  7. Finally take the road test and pass it
  8. Reading as many books as I can. My current reading list includes (but not limited to):
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Stop Self Sabotage by Pat Pearson
Money Smart Women by Janet Bodnar
The Presumption of Guilt by Charles Ogletree
Miracle at St. Anne by James McBride
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

So what are your Summer plans?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Interning at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Hello friends,

One of my goals for the New Year was to apply and get accepted to a summer internship, preferably, one that was paid. Well, I got the internship, but it ain't paid. Trust me, I am not unhappy about this, because I will be an intern at one of the best places to intern (I hope)...The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene :o) I am very excited about the opportunity to intern there. I have been in contact with my preceptor, Kasey, who seems very nice so far. I am especially excited about this internship, because as some of you may know, I aspire to work in the field of Public Health, which this internship is all about...Yay!

What will I be doing there? Good question.
My preceptor is the Farmers' Market Outreach Coordinator. Therefore, the work that I'll be doing involves working at the Farmers' Market, facilitating presentations and partnering with community-based organizations to encourage individuals to visit the Farmers Markets in NYC, where they can find affordable, healthy food options. In the next few weeks, I will have more information about my specific responsibilities. Can't wait to begin this internship and chronicle this new adventure.
The link to the website can be found here.

Now back to studying for my Final exam! Argh

Stay blessed,