Coordinator of the Month: Hana Stenson
Name: Hana Stenson
Hometown: Ada, Oklahoma
College Attended: American University
Major: Bachelor of Science in Public Health
HealthCorps School Placement: Byng High School Ada, Oklahoma
Fun Fact: I will eat any vegetable you give me but I am kind of particular when it comes to fruits. I love vegetables and often wonder why many people do not eat so many of them. On the other hand I am not a fan of really sweet foods or fruits with a weird texture. Since becoming a coordinator I have eaten some of the fruits I do not care for in-front of my students to encourage them to continue to try things even if they do not care for them the first time.
Question #1: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
I(Hana Stenson) heard about HealthCorps while I was interning for the Chickasaw Nation. I met Autumn Yoder who was the Ada High coordinator and she told me all about the program. I decided the following spring that it would be the perfect job to get on the ground public health experience. Childhood obesity was one of the biggest reasons I decided to major in public health. At just thirteen I was classified as an obese child. As a teenager I took charge of my health and lost 70 pounds and have now maintained a healthy weight for many years.
Question #2: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
The highlight of being at Byng has been working with Homer elementary doing “Wellness Wednesdays”. A few Wednesdays a month I bring over a new veggie for the kids to try during their lunch time. The kids and teachers are always so excited to try anything I bring! The roasted cauliflower was so popular they are planning to add it to the school menu. Another highlight would have to be mentoring students. I love when students come to my office and tell me about how they are making healthier choices.
Question #3: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
Being back in Oklahoma after living in DC for a few years I have realized how much more free time I have to do little things I enjoy. When I am not working you can find me cooking a new recipe, shopping, or going to the gym. I love finding new recipes that I can swap ingredients out to make the recipes healthier. My latest baking success were some delicious whole wheat dark chocolate chip scones! I also love to play with my adorable dogs when I have free time. They love to go on walks!
Question #4: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
I recently took the Certified Health Education Specialist exam so I plan to continue working to make communities healthier. In a few years I hope to also get my masters in public health and maybe one day be a public health professor.
Question #5: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
One thing I have learned from my placement is to think differently when planning to deliver a health message. I am not naturally a creative person but over the course of this year, I have learned to think outside the box when planning a lesson or doing a Café O Yea so that kids will retain the information. I will always remember to think about those “heart punch buttons” that drive behavior change when trying to share a health message.
We want to thank Hana Stenson for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.