Eric – Childhood Health Educator
Eric Paul Meredith is a classically trained chef, Registered Dietitian, and Certified Health Education and Youth Exercise Specialist. Over the last seven years, he has worked with thousands of young people and established himself as a childhood health education and promotion expert. By focusing on youth, he hopes to change behaviors early and empower children to develop healthy life-long habits.
Having provided health education to thousands of youth, Eric Meredith knows the importance of presenting complex health information in a way that is easy to understand and engaging. Frustrated by the lack of material to educate youth about health in their language and at their level, he had the great idea to bring comic book and healthcare professionals together to launch Health Heroes, which is a series of comic books, comic creation curriculum and an associated social network tasked with getting the world’s youth committed to good health and positive character development.
Tricia – Hero in the Classroom
Tricia Malovey has been an educator for 10 years and currently teaches kindergarten through 8th grade English Language Learner students. In the fall of 2014, she was received Symetra’s Hero in the Classroom award, which is a community program that recognizes Chicago-area teachers for outstanding leadership and instructional skills. When she’s not teaching, Tricia enjoys playing sports, food, live music and dancing.
Tricia recently joined the Health Heroes’ team. She looks forward to guiding students through the process of creating health-related comics because she feels it is great opportunity to intertwine health, art and literacy. “Health is important to all our students and the Health Heroes’ platform is a fantastic opportunity for students to express what health issue is important to them, develop a creative story to share with other kids and inspire and influence their peers across the world,” states Tricia.
Valerie – Youth Advocate
Valerie is thrilled to help bring Health Heroes into the classroom, and she is excited to see the positive impact it will have on students and their community! Valerie has had the privilege to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students and families throughout the state of Illinois as a bilingual and English as a second Language teacher, administrator, and child advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children. She enjoys discovering new places and people while travelling with her daughter and husband. Apart from spending time with her family, Valerie finds her greatest joy in empowering others to acquire the skills and tools they need to live a happy and healthy life.