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Meet Prarthana, the Newest Member of the Team


Prarthana Gurung joined the team a few weeks ago as our new digital campaign coordinator. She will be assisting Leaders and Supporters with any questions they might have, approving new Leaders and coordinating advocacy campaigns.

What inspired you to start working on childhood obesity?

Even from as early on as high school, I was always actively involved in community building activities, whether it was through my school or in my neighborhood. Through college and working at my first job at a grassroots community center in New York City, I continued keeping social change and movement building deeply integrated in my career as well as my personal life. By being a new member of Netcentric Campaigns and, I’m incredibly excited to start work on a new issue for me, helping reverse childhood obesity nationally.

How are you helping to reverse childhood obesity?

I’m looking forward to being a part of the team, which has created, and is growing, a network of fierce health and community leaders all over the country doing amazing work.

What’s your biggest accomplishment so far in helping reduce childhood obesity?

Since I’m only about two weeks into working at, I’m taking the liberty of changing this question to, “What’s my biggest GOAL so far in helping reduce childhood obesity?” I would say that through my capacity as a digital campaign coordinator, I’m really excited to explore new ways of getting youth within the online network involved in tackling childhood obesity from fresh angles. I’ll be working a lot engaging and facilitating the Leader network as well, and I’m hoping to help cultivate youth leadership, and guide discussion on local community action to reinforce this national movement.

Who is your role model in your work?

Undoubtedly, my mother. She has a degree in early childhood education, and as mother at home, and a preschool teacher at work, she really practiced what she preached by teaching my brother and me from a very early age about healthy eating. Maybe I did resent all the healthy snacks I got in my lunchbox when I was younger, when all I wanted was Oreos like every other kid, but boy, am I glad she started my brother and me out young. Eating fruits and vegetables just became a regular part of our lives and to this day, I am still grateful for her instilling such healthy practices and habits in us.

What game or sport did you play growing up?

I played soccer and basketball as a kid and later on through high school, but the one thing I enjoyed the most, even more than organized league sports, was just playing with the neighborhood kids on our block during the long summer days. The games we played – four square, capture the flag, knock-out, freeze-tag, red light/green light, sardines – those were the games and activities that were most memorable for me growing up.

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Each week, our own Zach Brooks speaks with a Leader to get a quick look at why he or she loves working to create healthy environments for kids. Want to take part? Visit Zach’s profile and contact him.