​​​​​​Children's Health Awareness Program in Schools

           making American schools healthy, one child at a time 

Shreya, currently a junior at Langley High School, is an advocate for children's health and nutrition . She has worked and collaborated with various organizations like the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), local businesses, and politicians to improve children’s health. Shreya is an active researcher and blogger and shares her opinions on children’s health to reach out and create awareness about the growing epidemic - Childhood Obesity. Shreya is also a gaveled and well respected member of Langley High School's Model United Nations Team and serves as the President of the Langley High School Medical Club.  


Awards/ Accolades

  • Invited to serve as a judge for the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge (Fairfax County Food and Nutrition Services)
  • Featured in the Deed Indeed Newsletter for her community service in NOVA schools
  • Interviewed by the Awesome Women Entrepreneurs on WERA 96.7 FM as the youngest Entrepreneur to appear on the show in 2018
  • Finalist for the 2016 Best of Reston Awards for community service
  • Received the 2016 Fairfax County Community Service Award
  • Featured in the Washington Kids Post in 2015 
  • Invited as an inspirational youth speaker at the Loudon County Interfaith Bridges Event


Experience 

  • Founder and CEO of the Children’s Health Awareness Program in Schools (CHAPS)
    • ​Began in 2013 at Floris Elementary and has grown from a small initiative to a non-profit organization 
    • Organized annual events such as CHAPS 2015, 2016, and 2018 and organized local workshops, fundraisers,  and has collaborated with local law makers and business leaders, and has donated funds to improve healthy lifestyle of young children, and supported health events such as marathons, health fares
    • Published blogs and research to the CHAPS Blog (CHAPS Stories)
    • Raied funds up to $2,000 to donate to the Gur Aasra Trust, an NGO in India
  • Student Representative for the School Health Advisory Committee for Fairfax County Public Schools 
  • Student Representative for non-profit organization, Real Food for Kids, and Chair for the Student Nutritional Advisory Council 
    • ​In the process of collaborating with Langley High School to add an Oatmeal and Salad Bar with the help of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services 
  • President of the Langley High School Medical Club in which we aim to inspire and motivate fellow high-school students and help them understand the incentives and challenges of a rewarding medical career


Internships and Research

  • ​Summer 2018 - Worked with physicians at the Gastroenterology Department, Johns Hopkins Hospital:
    • ​Surveyed, interacted and assisted with history taking for patients suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, nutritional deficiencies, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, (IBD) as part of the tasks assigned during the internship
  • Summer 2018: Mt. Washington Pediatrics Hospital under the Weigh Smart Program:
    • Observed and assisted physicians at the hospital during their interaction with patients 
  • Summer 2017: Research at INOVA Hospital 
    • Compared and researched different health and nutrition programs in Fairfax County 
  • Currently working with professors at Johns Hopkins Hospital on alternative and complementary for Atopic Dermatitus 


Meet Shreya