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As the director of community programs, Brandin Bowden oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Institute for Integrative Health’s Mission Thrive community programs.
An experienced educator and mentor of adolescents, Bowden co-designed the curriculum for the Institute’s signature summer program for teens, Mission Thrive Summer. Now in its fourth year, it provides high schools students with a five-week experience in urban farming, cooking, yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and job skills development. In addition to managing Mission Thrive Summer, Bowden performs a hands-on role teaching nutrition and cooking to its participants.
Bowden also developed the curriculum for the Institute’s Spice My Plate initiative, an experiential spices-and-herbs education program for high school students. Spice My Plate was the focus of a study examining the use of spices and herbs to improve diet quality among adolescents.
Prior to joining the Institute in 2012, Bowden worked as a health educator, activist, and mentor at Washington Math Science and Technology High School in Washington, DC, where he adapted and executed a national health education program for the school and surrounding community. He created a step-dancing team to encourage physical activity in the absence of a sports program, and developed and implemented an elective course in which students learned fundamentals of nutrition through lab activities based in culinary education.
Bowden has a strong passion for youth outreach and empowerment through health education. He has a particular interest in nutrition and is heavily influenced by holistic-integrative health.
A Gates Millennium Scholar, he holds a Master of Science degree in nutrition from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.