Jessica Shelly, Ohio

Title:
Food Services Director

School:
Cincinnati Public Schools

City, State:
Cincinnati, OH



A Bit About Me

Favorite Healthy Snack:
Fresh snow peas

Favorite Way to Be Physically Active:
Dance

Song that Always Gets You Moving:
“Bombs Over Bagdad” – Outkast

Favorite Cookbook/Blog: The Pioneer Woman

Your Inspiration for Being Healthy:
My 7-year-old triplet boys

What motivated you to apply to be an ambassador?
I believe there is strength in numbers. By bringing together so many passionate people with the same goal, we can share ideas, concepts, and strategies to begin a nationwide movement of healthier choices.

Why do you feel it is important for schools to be a part of the fight against childhood obesity?
By helping teachers learn how to be role models of good, healthy choices, we will be able to inspire students to make healthy choices, too.

What’s your proudest accomplishment in creating a healthier generation?
We installed salad bars in every school that allowed students to create healthy side dishes full of fresh fruits and vegetables at lunch each day.

If you could make one healthy change in your school or community, what would it be?
With so many food deserts in our city (where people have no access to fresh produce), I would create a mobile produce stand so people could purchase these healthy items with their EBT/SNAP/TANF/WIC cards.

What is a word of advice for others who would like to make a healthy change in his or her community?
The easiest thing to do isn't always the right thing to do, and the right thing to do isn't always the easiest.

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