Alyssa Peoples

Site:  University of Minnesota Duluth – Office of Civic Engagement

Position:  Community Health Program Coordinator

Location:  Duluth, MN



Hometown: Owatonna, MN

Education: Bachelor of Social Work- University of Wisconsin- River Falls

A learning or work experience that changed meIn my first year with CHC I learned a lot about sustainable gardening, and the importance of fresh, unprocessed foods in a persons diet. Through further education on different topics surrounding the issue of healthy food, and participation in local good-food initiatives I’ve become dedicated to educating others on the harmful effects of bad foods, sugars, and chemicals, and the positive effects of a whole foods diet.

Why did you choose to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with College Health Corps?  I chose to continue my service with AmeriCorps VISTA and the College Health Corps because I believe that change happens in a lot of different ways, but nothing changes if you don’t work for it. I would like to continue making my community a healthier place, and a more desirable living environment, and I am able to work towards those goals as a VISTA as well as expand my knowledge base and have an opportunity to connect with other community members who are passionate about similar ideas.

Inspirational person/quote:  “Life is too short to be in a hurry”

“The best journeys answer the questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask”

One word that best describes me: Quirky

Place I would most like to visit: Germany- to spend time with my foreign exchange “brother”

Favorite food(s): Pesto, nectarines, fruit/vegetable smoothies, Quinoa

Favorite holiday:  Earth Day

One thing I can’t live without: Respect

Hobbies: Cooking, Bowling, going to art fairs, painting/crafting

In 5 years I would like to be: A Masters of Social Work graduate working in the community organization and social change field

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