LETTERS: Ryan Burrell, Auntie Wooda Is Proud Of You | Proviso’s Health Fair

Thursday, March 28, 2019 || LETTERS || OPINION || @maywoodnews

I will never forget when my nephew was born. I used to run home to see him. My little Dumpie Doop, I would call him. I remember when it was Ryan’s kindergarten graduation and my grandmother, his mother and I, had to walk on one side of the street while Ryan walked on the other side of the street?

Who was running it at five years old? Ryan! 

Years later, and now a celebrity hairstylist, my nephew has accomplished major things in the hair industry. He has done hair for “The View,” TLC , “Niecy Nash’s Wedding Bash” and Lifetime’s “Project Runway.” He’s been featured in People Magazine, Allure Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times and so many more publications.

Lashawn Burrell (aka Auntie Wooda) and Ryan Burrell. | Photo submitted

I feel as though I have to let people know of my nephew’s accomplishments due to all that’s going on in the streets of Chicago. I want young men to know that there are other things to be into besides guns. Amazing and creative, Ryan’s only getting better with time and he always finds time out of his busy schedule to check on me.

For some reason it hasn’t hit him yet that he’s a celebrity hairstylist even though he’s been one for a while. He just stays so humble through it all! Keep doing your thing nephew! I’m soooo proud of you.

Ryan can be found at A Salon Bizz in Westchester.

— Auntie Wooda

Why this year’s Proviso East health fair is so important

The theme for this year’s 12th annual Proviso East health fair is “Eat Right, Live Right, Feel Right.” The goal is to give young people the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices in a fun and engaging way. During this two-day event, Proviso East High School (PEHS) students visit interactive booths set up in the gym during their scheduled PE, ROTC, or freshman health classes. Loyola nursing, dietetic, social work and medical students, as well as community agencies, staff the booths.

Colorful posters, interactive demonstrations, and hands-on activities help bring the healthy choices message home.  For example, high tech driving simulators enable students to safely experience dangerous situations such as what can happen if you text while driving. The dangers of tobacco use and vaping are illustrated with displays of healthy and diseased lungs. The effects of marijuana on developing brains continues to be an important topic to address as Illinois considers legalization of recreational marijuana. At other booths, students can wear special goggles and try to walk a straight line to experience what it is like to drink and drive.

Social and emotional health is just as important as physical health for adolescents. Feeling good includes getting enough sleep, learning ways to reduce stress and test anxiety, improving coping skills, and safe use of social media. Community partners who will address the social and emotional needs of youth include the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Youth Outreach Services. Other Maywood community groups such as Proviso Partners for Health and Maywood Youth Mentoring will help students become more engaged in their community and prepare them for summer jobs.

The health fair is part of the programing provided by Loyola’s School-Based Health Center (SBHC). The SBHC is a full service primary care clinic located within the high school. The clinic helps meet physical and emotional needs of PEHS students so they can stay in school and succeed. For more information and to enroll your child in the SBHC, call (708) 449.9522 or visit the SBHC website loyolasbhc.org. VFP

— Loyola’s School-Based Health Center at Proviso East High School

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