SFA senior hopes to make impact on Costa Rica's nutrition

Alex Cross
Alex Cross
Alex and her mom, Kim
Alex and her mom, Kim

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Stephen F. Austin State University senior Alex Cross has a plan to make a difference -- all the way in Costa Rica.  Full of energy and enthusiasm, Cross is months away from graduation.

"The professors here and the college here have really made me realize how passionate I am about nutrition," said Alex Cross.

However, just getting college degrees in nutrition and kinesiology isn't enough.

"I want to take it to the next level. I want to instead of saying I want to help - I'm actually going out and helping," said Cross.

"She's always been the type of kid - the kind of young woman if she really wants to do something she will figure it out how to get it done," said Kim Cross.

It clicked when they saw a chubby baby during a trip to Costa Rica with her mom that she figured out.  The baby was eating tortillas and beans.

"After breastfeeding they just eat whatever everybody else eats. Mash it up and give it the baby," said Cross.

Realizing the obesity epidemic wasn't just an American problem , Alex had a mission.

In fact, she returns to a small fishing town called Montezuma right after graduation with a three month internship and a purpose.

"Implement nutrition into the schools in Costa Rica. You gotta start young because when they're older they start developing bad habits of eating - its hard to break them," said Cross.

There's just one dilemma: the internship is unpaid. She's using this website to help raise funds.

"Even if its not in somebody's budget - if they would just re-post it on their Facebook or click feature it that really helps get the buzz out there," said Kim.

Nothing will stop her.  Even if she doesn't reach her goal - she'll just get student loans to close the gap.

"I want to know I've done everything I can do to make a difference with the knowledge that I've gotten from my college," said Cross.

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