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The main impact of my project is to educated and help employees of Deutshes Nursing home located in West Roxbury Ma, live a healthier lifestyle. I chose this facility because I have done many projects as well as community service for this organization in the past. I have a very friendly relationship with many of the current employees because of my mother. By having a close relationship with the nurses, they felt comfortable with expressing their weakness’s. This is important because many employees do not stay consistent with their diets. This nursing home consists of nursing aids, RNA and other occupations.

The overall impact is to help them to change the way they eat by changing little parts of their diet. This included simple sugars and high fat foods. This is written down in a notebook showing what was eaten on a specific week. When I first interviewed the group members in the project, I asked for her permission to be apart of the project. She was/is still allowed stopping at any time that she wants. One of the common foods that I found in the diets was soda or simple sugars ( candy aka high fructose syrup). The project impact was to substitute soda for water or fresh fruits for simple sugars. I have been able to visit the nursing home 5 times through out the semester.

Each time that I arrived I brought a 24 pack of bottled water as well as fresh apples, banana and oranges. By substituting water for a high sugary drink, the employees were able to cut the unnecessary calories in their diet. Simple sugars have been shown to cause diabetes as well as obesity. On my final visit I had a casual conversation with Elaine. Elaine’s input helped me to have a better understanding of the whole project and how it impacted her. ” When I first started this process, I found myself gravitating to a soda. It was hard at first for me to fully switch, but doing this project really motivated me to change my eating behaviors.” After having this conversation I was able to see where I might have went wrong. Some of the challenges that I faced was making sure that the three nurses were actually following with the plan. I could have been a lot more supportive as well and motivate them.

 

My major is psychological approaches to workplace health. By working with employees I was able to connect and see what their needs were. This project helped many and still is, continue their healthy habits. In todays society we are faced with many problems that affect our mental health. My major consists of Business, psychology, health promotion and sociology. My dream and goal is to be able to help employees in an organization live a healthier life. I plan on doing this by being a part of a wellness program in the Human resource department. Employees should be educated on their well being as well as taught the proper ways to eat for a healthy life.

 

This project was important to me because I am very passionate about health. My whole life I did not eat well. I would go to the store after school and get a bag of M&M’s or gummy worms to fill my hunger. As you may expect, I was not getting the proper nutrients that I need and that triggered me to eat even more food which led to my weight gain. Through out college, I worked at the gym facility. It was not until the end of my freshman year that I felt the need to change my diet. I made small changes little by little and I saw results in my health that I was looking for. One of the main changes that I had made was to cut out soda. I felt like I would always need something with sugar to fulfill my hunger. By doing this I cause large amounts of stress to my body as well as anger because of the way I looked. As I continue with my life, I hope to one day change the mindsets of employees and help relieve stress by living healthier lifestyles.

 

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