What’s New in CHE

A Tobacco Free Nation through Health EducationThe new Community Health Education undergraduate program is up and rolling at full-steam here at the University of Indianapolis.  It’s exciting to see the amazing work the students are doing and how they’ve already begun to positively impact the community around them.

For starters, CHE majors spearheaded a campaign for greater enforcement of the University tobacco policy as part of National Health Week’s message, “Tobacco Free Nation through Health Education.”  A student created a fantastic t-shirt design incorporating the slogan, then student volunteers wore the shirts while passing out tobacco education materials and soliciting signatures for a petition requesting stricter enforcement of the University policy.  They are currently in the process of taking the petition up through the necessary channels to see if they can gain administrator support for the change in enforcement.

Another project undertaken by majors is to work with HealthNet Southeast Health & Dental Center at Fountain Square to develop a community walking program.  The big launch will be held in the spring with a walking event, health fair, and many great prizes.  Students are developing walking maps and health information that will be provided to all participating community members.  What a fantastic opportunity for all involved!

CHE majors are also working on a nutrition environmental analysis and program proposal for the University.  They are analyzing the current nutrition environment, then providing ideas about how the University could develop a more supportive atmosphere for healthy eating.  They will present their findings to the University Wellness Task Force who will hopefully employ the strategies recommended by students.

Our first group of seniors will be seeking internships this summer and will be utilizing the professional networks established for them through our Kinesiology Advisory Board (KAB).  Students have been given the opportunity to network with top community health leaders such as Dr. Joellen Vrazel, Assistant Commissioner of Health and Human Services at the Indiana State Department of Health, and Dr. Virginia Caine, Director of the Marion County Health Department.  These networks hopefully will lead to some amazing internship opportunities.  We will keep you posted with information and pictures.

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