Weekly Edition – August 14, 2012
In this week’s edition
:: Colorado State University Grant Makes Health Education, Science and Other Classes Fun for Fourth Graders
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Colorado State University Grant Makes Health Education, Science and Other Classes Fun for Fourth Graders
When black bean tostadas or potato pancakes with applesauce are class projects, students not only get to eat their school lesson, they learn about history and culture, science, math, social studies and language arts, and develop healthier habits to help avoid becoming obese.
That’s the innovative idea behind a curriculum adapted by Colorado State University researchers. The program will integrate hands-on nutrition lessons into typical fourth grade class topics, as well as into their homes.
“Many programs attempt to prevent obesity and promote health in schools, but they often fail because they don’t move students beyond simply gaining knowledge, to action,” said Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, an assistant professor in the CSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and school of public health Department of Community and Behavioral Health. They also don’t target the many food exposures children experience, such as school cafeteria meals and food served at home.”
Cunningham-Sabo received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the program, called Cooking with Kids 2.0: Plus Parents and Play.
“By integrating hands-on cooking experience and nutrition education into the classroom, we hope to enhance academic learning and improve children’s health behaviors,” said Cunningham-Sabo. “By targeting nutrition throughout the child’s day, increasing activity levels and engaging children’s families, we hope to reach our main goal of preventing obesity while also supporting academics.”
The innovative program includes two-hour cooking classes with recipes that have been modified to be easily prepared by students, and one-hour fruit and vegetable tasting lessons to expose students to several varieties of fruits and vegetables while learning about their cultural, geographical and historical significance. The students discuss the culture and history of international dishes they prepare or fruits and veggies they taste, and then share the meal as a class while they discuss what they learned.
Continue reading more about Dr. Cunningham-Sabo’s project on the CSU news site.
Training for Local Public Health Agencies: Using an Evidence-Based Public Health Framework to Improve Outcomes
Twenty-seven people from across Colorado and Wyoming participated in this summer’s 3-day Evidence-based Public Health Training held at Colorado State University. This training is designed to increase the use of scientific approaches in “real world” public health and assists local staff in integrating new and existing skills to make evidence-based program and policy decisions.
This training is offered twice/year through the Center for Public Health Practice/Colorado Public Health Training Center. Participants from trainings this year said:
Training sponsored by: The Colorado Public Health Training Center/Center for Public Health Practice. For more information about the Center, please visit http://publichealthpractice.org/.
Public Health in the Rockies Conference Early Bird Fee Deadline
Don’t forget to make your plans to attend the upcoming Public Health in the Rockies Conference September 19 – 21, 2012 in Pueblo, CO. The deadline to take advantage of early bird registration fees is Monday, August 20. Conference details are online.
Alumni – if you plan to attend Public Health in the Rockies, make sure to select the CSPH Alumni Networking Lunch on your registration form.
Reminder – Two Upcoming School Events
Summer Public Health Forum
Join Colorado School of Public Health faculty and students for the Summer 2012 Public Health Forum, this Thursday August 16 on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
10 am – 2 pm | Education Building 2 North
The Public Health Forum is hosted each semester to showcase the master of public health student capstone experience projects. The capstone is part of the MPH Practice-Based Learning curriculum offered at all three Colorado School of Public Health campuses.
CSPH Welcome Back Event
Please join us in welcoming our new MPH, DrPH, and Certificate students at the CSPH Welcome Back Event Wednesday August 22 on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
5 pm – 7 pm | Rooftop of the Health & Wellness Center
Please RSVP by August 17 for this event.
Alumni News and Notes
We are proud to share in the celebration and success of our alumni. If you are a graduate of the school or one of our predecessor programs, then we want to hear from you.
Send your news, updated contact information or other notes to CSPH.Alumni@ucdenver.edu. Please include your name, email address, program and graduation year. Then join up with the school on LinkedIn to keep in contact with alumni.
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