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Shra Mongkeya Kedi [Majuro]

Shra Kedi

Shra Kedi

Degree sought:  Food Science & Human Nutrition
Hometown:  Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands

What drew your interest to the CHL training Program?
I was really interested in the CHL Training Program due to my country’s issues with complications due to diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, respiratory problems, cancer, and all related noncommunicable disease in the Marshall Islands.  Since we don’t have any nutritionist in the Ministry, I am very interested in gaining knowledge to educate, campaign, and of course to create policies for the importation of unhealthy processed foods on the island to reduce the risks to our patients with complications, pre-diabetics, and of course for the future of the children of our Country.

I want to help work toward policies for our Ministry of Health to have a prioritized focus on nutrition because we don’t have an expert or our own nutritionist working for the Ministry.

What are your long-term goals?
My long term goals are to be a confident person to help my government make an improvement towards promoting a healthy lifestyle here in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  I see that there is not enough information provided to public to educate them on why and how to improve their diets on a daily basis.  Once I earn my degree in the field of nutrition, I would like to work to enforce policies to reduce the costs on healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables.  This should reduce the risk factors of our patients, pre-diabetics, and everyone’s lives.

After completing your studies, how do you hope to impact you home community?
The great impact from the education, campaigns, and policy enforcements should lead to the community gaining an understanding of the importance of consuming 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, along with a 30 minutes exercise.  If the government really enforces the policies on the retailing of the healthy food, fruits, and vegetables, then we should really be a healthy nation.

What are your hobbies/interests?
Dancing, singing, volleyball, and basketball.