Sometimes during college, a health body can drift off the priority list. In this interview Jackie Gaylis 13C speaks about her personal struggle with nutrition and health issues during her freshman year at Emory and how these issues led her to get involved in the Peer Health Partners program. As a Peer Health Partner, Jackie was able to use her personal experiences to empower incoming freshman to lead healthy lives.
The ethnobotanical study “A comparison of traditional food and health strategies among Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants in Atlanta, Georgia, USA” conducted by Emory undergraduate Sandy Jiang and her mentor Dr. Cassandra Quave of the Center for the Study of Human Health was recently published in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.
Immigrant health and traditional medicinal knowledge is of great importance to public and global health. Every individual comes with his or her own different cultural background, especially in medicinal system beliefs such as Chinese immigrants, who use traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is governed on the basis of homeostasis achieved through the balance of yin and yang energy. In this study, Jiang and Quave analyzed medicinal food usage and health preferences among Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants in the Atlanta community. They found significant differences in preference for Western and Eastern medicine, beliefs in the yin and yang system, usage of medicinal foods, and gardening for medicinal plants. This research highlights the importance of cultural competency training for allopathic medical practitioners who provide care to immigrant populations.
The fall semester is off to a great start with the new Healthy Eating Partner Program and a new round of health classes -- as well as a brand new major. Check out the YouTube video below about Healthy Eating Partners and also take a look at the most recent videos featuring our students.
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