Over the last month, more and more ideas have filtered through my mind on how to solve Sophie and I’s problem. There are currently no programs set in place at the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center to educate women to implement better diets during their pregnancy. This is a really big issue because proper nutrition can help reduce the risk of severe birth defects, such as spina bifida.
So far, all I have wanted to do is jump to a solution. There are just so many ways to solve this solution, but none of them seem fit. They all seem to have logistical errors, that will block us from using it. We have brainstormed over 5 different and unique ways to both educate and help women implement good diets during pregnancy.
In order to teach others how to be healthy, Sophie on how I first had to teach ourselves on what exactly is needed of a mother during pregnancy. Obviously, neither Sophie or I have ever been pregnant, so it is hard to work from a first hand view of the problem. We personally do not know the constraints and issues people face with choosing the proper diets during pregnancy.
While teaching ourselves about nutrition, we learned a lot of things about proper diets, some that we think a lot of people probably don’t know about. Such as, eating uncooked seafood (sushi) or certain types of poultry. The people we are aiming to solve this problem for, usually are not aware of these things either. Sophie and I are now faced with the obstacle of how exactly do we help raise awareness in a way that will get mothers to actually implement these proper diets.
The first step towards action I have made is by contacting People’s Pharmacy. When I first met them I realized that they are really interested in helping people choose good nutrition and helping the community. I realized that they would be the perfect group to help us solve this problem for the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center. We want to get information from them that we probably wouldn’t get from a website. Speaking to someone in person is an easier way for us to collect the information we need.
We have a little less that two months until we present our final project. From this point to then, I hope to have solved this problem not just for a single grade in a grade book, but for the benefit of the mothers. In my past blog posts, I stated that proper nutrition is something that I am really passionate about. I have always tried to get the people around me to choose the healthier option, and if I can get mothers to do so, I will feel accomplished.