Well after a week of confusions and not really knowing what I was doing, I finally settled in and began working on multiple projects for the PAHO/WHO. As a native English speaker, I was given the responsibility of proofreading documents that will be presented to the Caribbean Coalition in June. I also helped in formatting graphs that will be presented during these meetings and created a long list of publication links that will allow each representative to reference PAHO/WHO information before the discussions. I am currently reading over the economic impact of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) in the hopes to convince representatives of the importance of funding more NCD mitigation efforts. After I prepare those slides I will then be using my Adobe Indesign skills I obtained from a random computer classes in Highschool to create pamphlets that will provide quick statistical references of NCD mortality for each Caribbean country.
With all of these projects piling-up, there is no longer time to be bored at the office and ask if there is anything I could help with, which makes the work day go by alot faster. To cope with a busy and stressful day, I decided to be productive and bought a gym membership near my apartment. I am also constantly walking wherever I go and the bike sharing system in DC is really convenient, so I’ve been staying on the move. Which is essential, since I am studying ways to prevent NCDs and convince people to live a healthier lifestyle. (Got to practice what you preach.)
During the weekend I was also able to stop by the local farmers market during their last hours when they sell off their produce at a discount so they don’t have to transport unsold perishables back. I managed to pick up bags of vegetables and fruits for a steal. Sinces things like meat, milk, and cheeses are so expensive here in the city, I’ve actually been following a “not-so-strict” vegan diet. I still can’t resist getting a cheap hotdog at a street vendor on my way back from work, but my general diet has been slowly improving.
Thats pretty much it for this week. Got to get back and read through public health material for my presentation deadline tomorrow. Cheers!