7/9/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Ashland University Student Dietetic Association has been awarded a $100 American Express gift check as a result of its campus-wide nutrition education program that was held as part of National Nutrition Month in the spring.
The Student Dietetic Association received the award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which holds an annual campaign to promote healthy eating nationally.
Students from two other campus groups, Accent on PR and the Sport Communication Club from the Department of Communication Studies, partnered with the Student Dietetic group to develop and implement the PR campaigns as well as worked with the student dietetic group and Auxiliary Services’ Student Dining to create events that were held in each of three on-campus dining facilities -- Student Dining, Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar and the Eagles’ Nest.
The students then worked directly with Fred Geib, general manager of dining operations, and Executive Sous Chef Kevin Burke to create a Mediterranean dinner served in the Dining Hall. The students highlighted the Mediterranean Diet’s heart health benefits by handing out fliers, speaking with diners and encouraging consumption of the recipes created.
The students also spoke with student athletes in the Rec Center’s Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar about the importance of balanced protein and carbohydrate content in a meal post-exercise.
The group also held an “On-the-Go” Jeopardy game in the Eagles’ Nest and asked questions of customers regarding calorie, sugar, lipid and sodium amounts as well as serving sizes in packaged convenience foods.
"It was an awesome experience teaming up with the dietetics club for this event,” said Christina Miadich, an Accent on PR member who graduated in May with a strategic communication and public relations major. “The campaign was fun to build and was based on something we can all relate to. We not only gained experience in campaign building for the University, but we also learned a lot more about nutrition.”
The Student Dietetic Association plans to use the award money to offset the cost of attending nutrition-focused conferences.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###