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Tanisha Ann Aflague [Guam]

Tanisha Ann Aflague

Tanisha Ann Aflague

Degree sought: PhD in Nutrition
Hometown:  Guam

What drew your interest to the CHL training program?
CHL’s objectives were in line with my passion for children and health and the training program was an opportunity to maintain my commitment to lifelong learning.

What are your long-term goals?
Return to Guam and work in academia at the University of Guam to teach higher-level nutrition courses and develop a nutrition degree program or coordinated program in dietetics. I also aspire to conduct research on Guam that will support funding opportunities for programs that support childhood obesity prevention and treatment.

After completing your studies, how do you hope to impact your home community?
I hope to apply the findings of my research and develop a program or curriculum to implement in schools and summer camps to prevent and treat overweight and obesity.  I also aim to be an advocate for children in public policy development.

Describe one thing that you appreciate about your home community.
The Chamorro traditional values of infa’maolek (restore harmony): Respetu (Respect), Manginge (expression of respect), Mamahlao (shame/humility), Chenchule (present/gift), Che’lu (sibling), Påtgon (child).

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned thus far from the CHL program?
The CHL program has demonstrated the value of being worldly – to keep abreast of the actions and efforts of childhood obesity prevention in the state of Hawaii, within the country, and across the world, while maintaining a connection to our home jurisdictions.

What is a typical day for you like?
I make breakfast for myself and my son; call home; take my son to school; report to CHL; attend class; do homework; when I can, do physical activity; pick up my son; assist my son with his homework; make dinner; prepare him for bed; call home; do homework/read; sleep.

What are your hobbies / interests?
Running, going to the beach/swim, keeping my son entertained and active.

What’s your favorite food or dish to cook?
Chalikilis – chicken and rice porridge.

What is the healthiest dish you know how to cook?
Kadun mannok – chicken soup.

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
Spain.  As I learn more of Guam’s history, I am more aware of the significantly large imprint that Spain has made on our people, food, customs, and traditions.  That said, I would love to see firsthand how similar our cultures really are.

Any words of wisdom for future CHL trainees?
Take pride in who you are, where you come from, and your family history. Embrace diversity with an open mind and warm heart – you will be surprised we’re really not at all that different from one another.  Look for opportunities to share your culture with others in your daily activities. Lastly, center your research or project on a passion of yours – if you don’t know what that is, your educational journey will help you find it.