Wow. Wow. Wow. What an amazing graduation weekend. Congratulations to the class of 2009 on all of your successes!
Every year I am overwhelmingly ecstatic about all of the great things people are accomplishing in their communities. I bet many of you had no idea you would be where you are today. In fact, respond to this post. I just want to get a sense for how many people came into the program expecting they would improve their own health, but had no idea they would be a part of a bigger mission...
I want to highlight some successes and hear from more of you. This weekend we heard from one student who is starting a juice bar at her local hospital. By speaking up in class she inspired others to contact their hospitals about opening juice bars. Swap out those fast food restaurants for juice bars. So cool!
A group of IIN grads announced that they founded a group called Citizens for a GMO Free World. They have written a letter to Michele Obama bringing her attention to the problem of genetically modified organisms in our food and how we need to take action to remove it from the food we feed ourselves and our families. That’s determination!
Let's give these graduates our support and please remember that even though you graduated you will always have the support of the school. I encourage you to continue doing the work that you love and reach out for help when you need it and if fellow grads need your support give it to them.
One person alone can't transform the health of Americans. It has to be all of us together. All of our wisdom, love, generosity and team work will successfully improve the health of Americans and eventually the world.