Tech Student Works to Change Lives


Arkansas Tech senior Jennifer Terrell is learning about healthy habits this summer as part of her internship with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which is founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and to inspire young people to develop lifelong, healthy habits.

“As an Alliance intern I am working directly with the empowerME campaign, a movement that’s inspiring all kids to make healthy behavior changes and to become leaders and advocates for healthy eating and physical activity,” explains Terrell.

Terrell says she’s working to collect information about obesity and healthy tips that will be distributed to members of the organization’s youth advisory board.

Through her research, Terrell says she’s making healthy changes in her own life.  She adds, “I have learned a vast amount of information about healthy living. I have changed the way I eat and live in many ways.”

One of the biggest surprises for Terrell, has been the number of individuals throughout the country working to combat obesity.  She explains, “I was very surprised to find out how many children and adults are fighting to end obesity in America. It is very comforting to know that there are great people working together to solve complicated problems like this.”

Terrell says she’s enjoyed her internship and hopes to have a similar job after she obtains her degree in marketing and management.

“This is the type of job I hope to attain when I finish school. Being able to do a job that I love and helping people in the process, is very rewarding.  I ultimately selected this internship because I knew that I wanted to work for a non-profit in the future. I knew this internship would be a great start for me, and it would either confirm or deny whether or not this work was really for me,” says Terrell.

Upon graduation, Terell says she hopes to attend the Clinton School of Public Service.  After that, she’d like to either join the Peace Corps or get a job working for a non-profit organization.