Student Spotlight: Q&A with Vaughn Kimmons
Please meet Vaughn Kimmons! Vaughn is a student in our professional Wholistic Nutrition certification program. We thought you might like to hear a little about her story, her ambitions, and her experience in the program. With the next Wholistic Nutrition program beginning March 8th, 2014, we wanted to share a student’s perspective.
There is still room in the March program. Everything you need to take the first step in your application process is available on this page.
Tell us a bit about what it’s like for you to be a student in the Wholistic Nutrition program right now.
I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to attend school for something that I have become very passionate about over the years. I am always eager to come to class and take part in a community that is learning and growing together. A strong community builds the individual spirit which can result in strong leadership; the same leadership it takes to help guide clients in making informed decisions about their health.
What inspired you to begin studying Wholistic Nutrition? What led you to The Wellspring School program?
Several years ago I realized that I wasn’t taking charge of my health and it was resulting in minor health issues. Intuitively, I began to understand the connection between the food you consume and how it makes you feel. I wanted to relieve myself of issues such as weight fluctuation, sinus complications and anxiety. I knew I could prevent these issues if I started to eat foods that were full of life. If I ate life, my life could thrive. I began to read books about wholistic nutrition that inspired me to go on a mission.
In the predominately Black neighborhood where I grew up in Chicago, there are many liquor stores, fast food restaurants and convenience stores. There are very few grocery stores, fitness centers, and healthy restaurants. Pushed to the margin, due to oppression and racism, Black neighborhoods have become food deserts, where the only access to healthy eating is miles away. I saw people suffering from preventable diseases and wanted to help heal them. A healthy community is a strong community.
I decided to attend The Wellspring School because it was the only school I found that had a program that sounded just right. It seemed to suit my needs in empowering me to help change my neighborhood.
What is the most valuable lesson, skill, or insight you have gained from the program so far?
I have learned that one’s diet needs to be personalized. Everyone cannot choose the same path in eating for health because an individual’s body has certain needs; needs that are specific to their own biological make up, emotional health, and spiritual path. Eating exactly the same denotes perfection, which is an unrealistic goal.
How do you coordinate being a student with everything else you have going on in your life?
The sessions are very convenient. Having class only one weekend out of the month allows me to work a full time job and still have time to build relationships with friends and family. It also allows me the adequate time to study before the next class.
How do you envision yourself practicing Wholistic Nutrition after you graduate from the program?
I would like to return to Chicago and create workshops in my neighborhood that help people rethink the way that they eat. I want to create an approach to health that is accessible and not intimidating. It’s important to teach people that they have the power to change their lives.
As a Type 1 diabetic, I also want diabetes to be a focus. I want to show my community that they do not have to be plagued with ailments that are believed to be passed down through the generations. This way of thinking must be torn down and it is my mission to help people understand the association between food and a healthy mind, body and soul.
What advice would you share with someone considering the program for her/himself?
I would tell them to come to class with an open mind, no matter what doctrines or philosophies they follow. Doing this will allow them to become well rounded in the health field.
(Photo by Sonny Abesamis on Flickr.)