About the author
Chelsea Fleischman is a senior at Allegheny College from Sarver, a small town north of Pittsburgh.
All students at Allegheny must complete a senior comprehensive project specific to their major in order to graduate, applying the knowledge and skills that they’ve learned over the course of their education. As an English major on the journalism track and a biology minor, Fleischman always intended to go into the health field but couldn’t ignore her love for writing. She saw the senior project as an opportunity to combine these two interests, and after hearing about local childhood obesity statistics from Allegheny College Environmental Associate Professor Caryl Waggett, she decided to explore the topic.