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Lenora Matanane [Guam]

Lenora Matanane

Lenora Matanane

Degree sought:  Masters in Nutritional Science
Hometown:  Yona, Guam

What drew your interest to the CHL training program?
A former supervisor/mentor found an article about the CHL training program and brought it to my attention one morning.  He told me to read the article, think about it, and to let him know how I felt about applying.  He pointed out that the equation for success is when preparation meets opportunity, and that I was in the perfect position to take advantage of this rare opportunity.  After attending the information session about the program at the University of Guam, and after speaking with Lead-Site Investigator, Dr. Leon Guerrero (who was also excited that I had heard about the program), I was compelled to submit my application in hopes of earning the scholarship.

What are your long-term goals?
My long-term goals involve returning to Guam as a Registered, Licensed Dietitian, fulfilling the expectations as a CHL trainee by becoming proactive in the prevention of childhood obesity within the community, and also obtaining certification in sports nutrition to use in collaboration with my degree, training, and license on Guam.

After completing your studies, how do you hope to impact your home community?
I am not certain as to how specifically I wish to impact the community of Guam.  However, I aim to uphold the goal of sustainability towards CHL’s efforts of positive environmental changes for the community.

Describe one thing that you appreciate about your home community.
One thing that I greatly appreciate about my home community is the element of family, both immediate and extended.  Not only does my family support my ambitions, but also the interweaving relationships constantly inspire me to be great beyond self-motivation.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned thus far from the CHL program?
I’ve learned so much, I don’t know where to start in figuring out what’s most valuable.  I’ll have to get back to you on that.

What is a typical day for you like?
A typical day for me starts with a brisk walk to the Agricultural Sciences building until I reach my desk, where I organize all the tasks for the day and go over emails.  When the 3 of us CHL (graduate) trainees are complete at our desks, we reserve any given moment to discuss any current topics on our minds.  Most of the day involves a mixture of desk-work, classes, food, walking, food, & water!  Afterward, I head over to the gym for some jiu-jitsu or workout, or go home to spend time with family.

What are your hobbies / interests?
My hobbies include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, strength-training, running, swimming, basketball, volleyball, eating, and hanging out with family and friends.

What’s your favorite food or dish to cook?
Gollai hågon suni; kelaguen (of different varieties, but I never make kelaguen by myself).

What is the healthiest dish you know how to cook?
Low-salt gollai hågon suni (Lol!)

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go to Brazil for a jiu-jitsu sabbatical and also for some awesome sight-seeing!

Any words of wisdom for future CHL trainees?
Set your short and long term goals, so that you can focus on the immediate ones & keep the others in back of your mind.  Try to keep things in perspective, not just to accomplish your goals, but also to enjoy the learning process.