Jade’s placement experience at Healthbox CIC!

Jade’s placement experience at Healthbox CIC!

As​ ​a​ ​student​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Chester​ ​studying​ ​human​ ​nutrition​ ​I​ ​was​ ​thrilled​ ​to​ ​be​ ​offered​ ​a 5-week​ ​placement​ ​at​ ​Healthbox​ ​along​ ​with​ ​three​ ​other​ ​students.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​the​ ​given​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to be​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​projects​ ​such​ ​as​ ​The​ ​Wellbeing​ ​High​ ​Street,​ ​vegetarianism​ ​in​ ​pregnancy,​ ​falls prevention,​ ​helping​ ​to​ ​coordinate​ ​our​ ​meeting​ ​places​ ​family​ ​fun​ ​day​ ​and​ ​much​ ​more.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to say​ ​a​ ​big​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​to​ ​the​ ​team​ ​at​ ​Healthbox​ ​for​ ​all​ ​the​ ​help​ ​and​ ​support​ ​they​ ​have​ ​offered​ ​along​ ​the way.  
On​ ​my​ ​first​ ​week​ ​of​ ​placement​ ​we​ ​were​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​Trafford​ ​Hall’s​ ​‘Think​ ​tank’​ ​a​ ​community​ ​housing event.​ ​Whereby​ ​myself​ ​and​ ​another​ ​staff​ ​member​ ​had​ ​the​ ​privilege​ ​of​ ​talking​ ​to​ ​residents​ ​and frontline​ ​staff​ ​health​ ​champions​ ​in​ ​social​ ​housing​ ​about​ ​healthy​ ​eating​ ​on​ ​a​ ​budget,​ ​wellbeing​ ​and mental​ ​health.​ ​We​ ​also​ ​got​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​networking​ ​new​ ​innovative​ ​ideas​ ​for​ ​improving​ ​health​ ​and wellbeing​ ​which​ ​I​ ​found​ ​really​ ​interesting.  
During​ ​national​ ​vegetarian​ ​week​ ​15-21​st​​ ​May​ ​2017,​ ​we​ ​put​ ​on​ ​a​ ​work​ ​shop​ ​at​ ​the​ ​One​ ​to​ ​One midwives​ ​center​ ​at​ ​Ellesmere Port.​ ​The​ ​vegetarianism​ ​in​ ​pregnancy​ ​project​ ​really​ ​gave​ ​me​ ​an​ ​insight to​ ​the​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​vegetarianism​ ​not​ ​only​ ​in​ ​pregnancy​ ​but​ ​in​ ​general.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​group,​ ​we​ ​put​ ​together really​ ​tasty​ ​and​ ​simple​ ​vegetarian​ ​recipes​ ​with​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​nutrients​ ​essential​ ​for​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​pregnancy. 
During​ ​the​ ​workshop,​ ​we​ ​outlined​ ​all​ ​the​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​vegetarianism​ ​in​ ​regards​ ​to​ ​cost,​ ​environment and​ ​nutrition,​ ​following​ ​this​ ​we​ ​got​ ​stuck​ ​into​ ​a​ ​really​ ​fun​ ​cookery​ ​session​ ​that​ ​everyone​ ​got​ ​involved in.  Helping​ ​to​ ​coordinate​ ​the​ ​meeting​ ​places​ ​family​ ​fun​ ​day​ ​was​ ​an​ ​enjoyable​ ​and​ ​rewarding​ ​experience. We​ ​were​ ​able​ ​to​ ​go​ ​out​ ​in​ ​the​ ​community,​ ​engage​ ​with​ ​families​ ​and​ ​get​ ​them​ ​on​ ​board​ ​with​ ​the project​ ​and​ ​really​ ​put​ ​our​ ​own​ ​ideas​ ​into​ ​action.​ ​The​ ​fun​ ​day​ ​went​ ​brilliantly​ ​we​ ​had​ ​a​ ​fantastic​ ​turn out,​ ​the​ ​families​ ​enjoyed​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​games,​ ​crafts,​ ​hoola​ ​hooping,​ ​and​ ​smoothie​ ​bikes.​ ​​ ​This​ ​was​ ​topped with​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​lunch​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​fruit,​ ​vegetables​ ​and​ ​salad,​ ​making​ ​their​ ​own​ ​healthy sandwiches​ ​and​ ​baked​ ​potatoes​ ​with​ ​a​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​toppings.  
I​ ​found​ ​my​ ​experiences​ ​truly​ ​valuable​ ​to​ ​my​ ​studies​ ​and​ ​throughout​ ​my​ ​placement,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​learnt​ ​a great​ ​deal​ ​about​ ​working​ ​in​ ​public​ ​health​ ​and​ ​the​ ​positive​ ​impact​ ​that​ ​the​ ​projects​ ​have​ ​on​ ​families, the​ ​projects​ ​that​ ​run​ ​really​ ​bring​ ​everyone​ ​together​ ​as​ ​a​ ​community.​ ​Working​ ​with​ ​Healthbox​ ​has been​ ​a​ ​fantastic​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​first-hand​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​nutrition​ ​and​ ​working​ ​with​ ​the​ ​general public​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​healthy​ ​lifestyles.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​take​ ​away​ ​with​ ​me​ ​valuable​ ​skills​ ​that​ ​I​ ​will​ ​use​ ​not​ ​only through​ ​my​ ​future​ ​career​ ​but​ ​my​ ​day​ ​to​ ​day​ ​life.
A big thank you to Jade for all of her work at Healthbox CIC! If you would like to get involved with what we do, visit out volunteering information page here.


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