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Outstanding senior finds her passion for nutrition and preventative medicine in HNFE

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Outstanding senior for the class of 2022 in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Lauren Provinsal, started out in Architecture as a freshman. But she learned her true passion for nutrition and the importance of eating a healthy diet in preventative medicine through volunteering at the Blacksburg Farmers Market, finding her way to CALS as a Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise major.
Read more about Lauren and her journey as a Hokie here:


I tell people I'm very skilled at by this point. When I saw there was a sign-up sheet for the farmers market. I remember I was like, okay, I'm just gonna put my name down one time because this is what I will do. I'll just try and little things here and there. And I put my name down and I came here. And the second I started my shift, I just loved the whole atmosphere. The sun was shining. The vendors are some of the best people I think that I've ever met in Blacksburg. I also learned more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or snap program, is an assistance program that allows people who need money for food to come to the farmer's market and purchase tokens where they'll get double the amount of money to spend at the local vendors, which really contributes to boosting the economy, as well as boosting the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they can buy within budget. The rule of kind of one's health really relies in nutrition. And I think to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, you always hear like make sure you get five servings a day. That's really hard to do if you don't have the money to do it. So the snap program really like advocates for them eating a balanced diet naturally without even having to put much thought into it. Because all the fence here or we're going to be local, they are going to be Friday. Hopefully it does improve their health long-term and prevent non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension and other mobilizing to visit. I feel like that's what we're all about was going above and beyond, not just helping your other fellow college students, but really making an impact on the community. And I strongly believe that blacks were farmers marketplace such a pivotal role and not. The biggest advice that I tell everyone is if you feel like you haven't found your place at Virginia Tech, try something. Virginia Tech has such a large campus. There are so many different types of people that if you are not happy, the kinda like where you currently are, it does get fatter. You just have to keep putting yourself out there, find what you enjoy, what you don't enjoy. If you don't enjoy a switch a, and the second you find your passion, you'll be so surprised with how much you're going to accomplish. Not because 0 makes you look great, is because you generally want to accomplish it and you want to do the things you're doing. Just go out and just by 2 you are and what makes you happy?