Internship and Health Rambles

So I’m sure people are tired of hearing of me talking about being in the real world via twitter, instagram…whatever….sorry but it’s a big step in my life.  So you will continue hearing about it.  This post is a bit of a bitch fit and also a bit of an explanation of what public health is. Though I must say, I will be talking about my internship on my blog but I will not be posting huge details about every little thing I do or work on. 

First, that isn’t professional.  Second, when I get off from my internship daily my mind needs a break.  I will be posting (as requested) outfits I wear occasionally, big projects I’m working on, about friends I meet…you know ect.  It will not become the focus of this blog.  The focus of this blog is my journey of running.

So I guess I’ll explain my internship a bit to ya’ll.  I am a public health major and have more of a focus in promoting healthy habits/concepts.  I want to work on a college campus promoting wellness campaigns.

Uhh WTF does that even mean?

Although helping people losing weight and being a personal trainer sounds fun…that isn’t what I’m doing.  I have a very strong basis in nutrition (I’ve taken quite a few classes in it for the health major) I don’t want to limit myself to be a nutritionist.  HEALTH IS MORE THEN THAT!

So please-when you say you are educated in health…reading healthy living blogs does not qualify you.

I digress.

This fall, I’ll be working on a few programs ranging from suicide prevention, to peer education (regarding a broad array of topics), to promoting a smoke free campus, to promoting safe sex.  Every part of health you can think of.

Here are some things that the term public health can and does cover:

Health is wearing a helmet on a bike.

Health is making good food choices most of the time.

Health is taking care of you before taking care of someone else.

Health is striving not to smoke.

Health is being balanced.

Health is exercising regularly.

Health is maintain healthy habits and admitting that no one person is perfect.

So while I’m working in public health, it’s fair to say my primary task is not helping others lose weight.  The term health(believe it or not) refers to many other things besides calorie counting and how much exercise can you do daily.

*This is not meant to take a stab at anyone, it is just merely an observation and I’m tying it back to my internship.

 

Question for you:  What does health mean to you?