Meet Our Team

2019-2020 Peer Education Team

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Adanna Byrd

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Year: Junior

Major: Africana Studies

I am most passionate about nutrition because of how it truly affects your life, whether you are fighting a disease, your performance as an athlete, or certain food intolerances. I also love that nutrition differs for almost everyone and how personal it can be. Nutrition is a big part of our lives and should be taken seriously.

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Carson Loperena

Hometown: Plantation, FL

Year: First-year

Major: Public Health

The health topic I am most passionate about is fitness and nutrition. I might be cheating by saying both, but the truth is that fitness and nutrition go hand in hand. The human body is kept healthy by exercise and good eating, and that is what makes this health topic so important to me. For me, a healthy life is a good life and I believe everyone can live a better life by eating healthy and hitting the gym.

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Cate Dougherty

Hometown: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

Year: Sophomore

Major: Nursing

The health topic that I am most passionate about is sexual health, including safe sex, sexual harassment/assault, and being comfortable with talking about sex. I believe that it is of great importance for people to be educated on sexual safety and risk factors for disease transmission, unwanted pregnancy, and harassment/assault. Additionally, I think it is really important for people, particularly young adults, to become comfortable with openly discussing their sexual boundaries, preferences, and identities. 

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Katie Ghougasian

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Health

I am most passionate about sleep and stress management. I feel like they both are really interconnected and the importance of sleep is overlooked in college.

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Maia Barile

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida

Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Health 

I'm really passionate about nutrition. Personally, I feel like knowing how to manage a healthy and nutritious diet and lifestyle is one of the most important things we can do to feel our best.

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Sophie Weed

Hometown: Jupiter, FL

Year: Sophomore

Major: Exercise Physiology

Currently I am most passionate about nutrition and exercise, and how both of these things together can improve well-being and result in better health and less diseases. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and a low-carb and low sugar diet is shown to reduce diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Exercise also helps by improving blood flow and improving mood, and augmented with diet, is a better solution that many medications.

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Willow Webb

Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL

Year: Junior

Majors: Public Health and Sociology

I am very passionate about the topics of health disparities and inequities around the globe. I feel that everyone has the right to be healthy and we will not achieve optimal health conditions globally unless we account for every person that tends to be left behind due to societal conditions and beliefs. This is the reason health disparities and inequities is so important to me.