Where Are They Now ~ Megan, Florida

Do you ever hear about someone else’s schedule and get tired? Then, sit back and relax because you might be exhausted when you listen to what Katie’s Krops alumna Megan Godwin is doing now.

When last we left her (Megan ~ Florida – Welcome to Katie’s Krops ! (katieskrops.com), Megan was growing a garden in Florida where she was (and still is) attending Stetson University AND had gone to Kenya to start a garden that is still thriving and producing healthy fruits and vegetables. Megan, currently a senior, had a heart for service then and still does. She majors in Health Science with a double minor in Public Health and Sustainable Food Systems. She is taking 18 credit hours spread across five classes to lighten the load for her next and last semester. That’s not too bad, but she’s also interning 15 hours a week at the Florida Department of Health (DOH), working 10 hours a week at Chik-Fil-A, and working 30 hours a week as the Student Ministry Coordinator at her church. So yes, that’s 18 credits and 55 hours of work every week. Whew…

Megan cares passionately about helping people eat healthier, especially children. Her focus is community health work to help solve problems and meet challenges for low-income people. To that end, her internship is focused on two programs, Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH) and Healthy Environment for Reducing Obesity (HEROs) in kids.

With one of her professors, Robert Maglievaz, as the director of Environmental Health for Volusia County at the Department of Health and her years with Katie’s Krops growing and distributing healthy food, PACE-EH is a natural fit. A primary goal of the program is to have food pantries provide not just food but nutritious food such as fresh produce and packaged items with less sugar and lower sodium.

Her work on HEROs is centered on helping daycare centers achieve HEROs status. In conjunction with Go NAPSACC, a group of consultants based in North Carolina, Megan is involved in guiding early learning centers to meet the nutritional standards set by the consultant group. These include providing healthy, not just quick, meals and serving fruit, not cake, to celebrate a child’s birthday. In addition, there are many benchmarks in various areas, from oral health to limited screen time, that centers must meet to be accredited. It is usually a long process, but committed centers can do it.

Another NAPSACC area of focus is gardening. Megan is helping multiple learning centers in Volusia County apply to become Katie’s Krops Growers to develop their gardens where the teachers and students from 2 to 5 years old will be actively involved in tending and growing the food they can eat at the centers.

Once she graduates, Megan will be moving to Norfolk, Virginia, where her fiancé, Travis, is currently stationed with the navy. Once his ship returns from deployment, they will be married in a small ceremony that they can quickly plan based on his leave once it is approved. In the meantime, she is tired but happy and enjoying what she does. Katie’s Krops wishes her all the best in everything!