The local public library holds monthly programs/seminars about different topics given by different people in the community, in order to inform the local people.
On the month of September, I had the honor and privilege of being the presenter for one these monthly informative workshops. The topic “Food is Medicine.” I wanted to inform the people of the community of the importance that good whole foods have on one’s health and wellbeing. I set out to do just that, by presenting them with the idea of buying and preparing fresh, local, and in season foods and empowering them to do that.
This is a very interesting topic to me, and in diving into further research of the topic, I found some very important things that I was able to share with those in attendance. I also came up with several recipes that I shared along with the presentation notes. I realized that this is a popular topic, as there was a good turn out even though it was during the peak hours of the day. The need for this type of educational seminars is why I chose this project for my community service project.
It was very educational for the people that came to the presentation. The question and answer session started almost as soon as the presentation, as the people in attendance were very interested in the topic and had many questions. The most challenging part of the project was putting it all together. Even though it was a very thought provoking and educational project, even for me, it was time intensive. I wanted to make sure it was very informative yet concise. The research phase and script was what took the longest, to the point where I didn’t even log some of the hours I invested in it. I was glad that the power point presentation came together nicely with plenty of pictures and information.
Overall, I was very glad to be able to provide this service to my community via this presentation. I learned a lot, not just about the topic, but also about the needs of my community, and honed the skills needed to take a seminar from beginning to end in a very public setting. It was a very good experience for me.