Be Well: Parents United for Healthy Schools Leaders Spotlighted in Book & National Campaign

December 01, 2009

Two
leaders from HSC’s Parents United for Healthy Schools – HSC project
coordinator Jovita Flores and parent leader Rosa Guzman – are in the
spotlight as their inspirational stories of personal healthy change
have been featured in the book Be Well.

Rosa Guzman

The
book and accompanying campaign, presented by the Michael & Susan
Dell Foundation
and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, shares
“messages from moms on living healthier lives” by profiling 15
inspirational women around the nation whose remarkable stories include
lessons and tips for parents everywhere.

See Rosa’s story »

See Jovita’s story »

Read about more parents making change in Chicago's Latino communities »

Jovita
and Rosa are leaders in the effort to bring increased physical activity
and healthy food to schools in Chicago’s Latino and African-American
communities.

Jovita Flores

Jovita,
who taught the neighborhood nutrition class that first inspired Rosa to
begin making healthy changes, provides the training and ongoing
guidance that helps parents create effective school wellness teams and
begin making changes such as offering walking school buses, food
education or after-school physical activity programs. She also works
closely on a city-wide effort to bring back recess to Chicago Public
Schools.

Rosa,
whose story of personal transformation has inspired parents throughout
her neighborhood and beyond to make changes and become advocates for
wellness at school, continues to speak up for healthy food and physical
activity at school and in the community. She provides guidance to
neighbors and other parents seeking to make change, offering her tips
for modifying traditional recipes or fitting exercise (often walking or
dancing) into a busy schedule.

“We’re
thrilled to congratulate Jovita and Rosa on the recognition they’ve
received as part of this national project,” said HSC executive director
Rochelle Davis. “Their work is truly an inspiration and has made a
tremendous impact on parents, children and schools across Chicago.
We’re so pleased that their stories can now offer inspiration to more
parents across the country.”

Read more about the Be Well book »

Plus: Jovita and Rosa were both recently quoted in a Chicago Tribune story on mothers who champion health

Have you and your families made healthy changes? What mothers inspire you? We'd love to hear your stories!