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Casting Stones for Change

July 15, 2014 4:01 pm Published by Comments Off on Casting Stones for Change

Jaimee Hanna is 20 years old and recently graduated from college in the Pacific Northwest. She is Straight Up’s summer intern and is blogging regularly about her experiences with us.

From as early as I can remember, my answer when people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up was that, “I want to change the world”. Of course, the earlier years involved a superhero or princess of some sort.

Well, here I am, grown up (kind of) and it is still my greatest aspiration to do whatever I can to make a positive impact on the lives of others. I may not change the world, and that’s okay. But what I can do is, for lack of a better term, “cast stones” for change and pray that they make some kind of difference, even a small one, in the lives of others.

With my Straight Up “Look Alive” Instagram campaign having launched this month in Jule, I realize that I am casting my first stone.

Instagram Contest July 2014

The goal of Look Alive is to inspire people of Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Counties to get healthy as well as raise awareness of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and their effect on health. All they have to do is post a picture of themselves on Instagram participating in a healthy activity. The opportunities are endless! Participants must also include a caption describing how the activity benefits them or why they chose to do it. And, of course, #lookalivesocal. In other words, “I’m doing ___, instead of ___”. Simple enough, right?

Straight Up staff and I will even choose a winner that will be awarded a prize!

I realize that this may be the only healthy activity that I can get someone to do and that’s rewarding enough for me. But I can also hope that they enjoyed doing something positive for themselves and will reevaluate their choices and maybe even continue on to make permanent healthy lifestyle changes.