Featured Intern: Arnold Dimas
Arnold Dimas was an intern at Fresh Approach throughout the summer of 2017. In this brief interview, we asked Arnold what brought him to intern at Fresh Approach, and learned how this experience helped him grow both personally and professionally.
What program are you enrolled in (what are you studying)?:
I am currently a Human Biology & Society major at UCLA planning to also minor in Anthropology and Global Health. As part of my major, I get the opportunity to take classes in different subjects like life science, anthropology, and society & genetics, allowing me take an interdisciplinary approach to my education. With the Anthropology and Global Health minors, I plan to broaden my knowledge in the field of public health and use them as tools for social justice.
Why did you want to intern at Fresh Approach?:
I wanted to intern at Fresh Approach because I wanted to gain work experience in Public Health. I was excited to learn that many of the programs here were focused on food access and nutrition education and that I would be able to do this kind of work in my own community.
Describe the most impactful project you are working on at Fresh Approach, and explain how it fits into what you studied or the career you want to get into:
I’d have to say my work on the Freshest Cargo and the Healthy Food Healthy You classes. Between the two, I’ve had the opportunity to engage with many people in the community in different ways – from providing fresh and healthy produce, to translating and cooking at nutrition classes, and inspiring others to be more knowledgeable and in charge of their health. It’s been especially impactful given my experiences growing up in a food desert community and facing many of the same health challenges as them. In the end, it’s relevant to the work I want to pursue in Public Health to empower communities through grassroots service and systemic change.
Do you have a favorite farmers’ market fruit or vegetable? What’s your favorite way to eat or prepare it?:
I personally love berries! My favorite thing to do with them is snacking on them as they are or using them in things like smoothies and yogurt.
If there’s one nutrition or health tip you could share, what would it be?:
There’s so much farm fresh produce out there! I would suggest exploring more farmers’ markets and trying out as much as you can – have fun and be open to cooking with new things.