Minor in Sustainability
Johnson C. Smith University
Theodore Castro is a Senior, majoring in Public Health with a minor in Sustainability. He is also the current (2021-2022) President of the Health and Human Performance Student Organization. An avid health and fitness enthusiast, Theo joined "Grow with the Green" to promote good health through nutrition. Theo served as a volunteer with NC Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Union County, NC from 2011-2021.
As a nutrition and fitness educator, Theo understands that while there is a need for equal access to healthy foods, there is also a need for nutrition education at the community level that explains the “why and how”, of making healthy choices. In his volunteer work, which includes collecting participant 24 hour food recalls at program entry and exit for nutrition analysis at NC State University, he has seen first-hand the positive impact that nutrition education can have on health.
Theo also enjoys working in the Sustainability Village at Johnson C. Smith University, where he learns how to maintain and support the needs of a Hydroponic and Aquaponic farm. He also volunteers at the Rosa Parks Farmers Market every Tuesday. Theo will be working with Dr. Dugo to develop a farm to fork program at JCSU. Upon earning his undergraduate degree at JCSU, Theo plans to further his studies in nutrition science at the graduate level.