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This week’s installment of Moments That Matter comes from Dana Cozzetto, who as a Schweitzer Fellow in Chicago last year initiated “Waukegan Women’s Wellness Classes” at Waukegan Park District Field House focusing on preventive medicine (including diabetes care, breast cancer education, nutrition, and fitness).

Cozzetto, a student at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University, says:

A few weeks after the lecture [I gave on strokes], one of the women’s fathers had a stroke and was rushed to the hospital. She missed several classes, but returned to later tell me that she was able to recognize what had happened to her father and to understand what the doctors were explaining because of the lecture we’d had.

She said it positively impacted her life because she did not want to have the same thing happen to her, and she decided to take control of her diet. She ended up being the second winner of the Get Fit Challenge and lost 10 pounds in three months! She cut out the high sodium from her diet, got a personal trainer, and took control of her life.

About Moments That Matter

Each year, approximately 200 Schweitzer Fellows across the U.S. commit themselves to creating and carrying out an intense yearlong service project that addresses unmet health needs — all on top of their typical graduate school responsibilities.

It’s an awe-inspiring commitment — and one that may at times seem thankless.

But for each Schweitzer Fellow, there are those sustaining moments — the moments when things “click,” and you have instant, inspiring proof that your Schweitzer project is making a difference that’s rippling outward. These, like the Moment above, are the Moments That Matter — and here at Beyond Boulders we are spotlighting them every Tuesday.