A Public Health Back to School Bash!

On August 17th, 2018, as part of a multi-disciplinary effort, faculty members from the Department of Health & Human Performance, Drs. Kara Hamilton (Exercise Science), Shewanee Howard-Baptiste (Public Health), and Melissa Powell (Dietetics), participated in a back-to-school event with Orchard Knob Elementary School (OKES). Our faculty and 13 UTC students, including five public health students, hosted a booth during OKES's "Back to School Bash" in which more than 200 families participated.

Families completed an assessment survey that identified current lifestyle habits, and they participated in nutrition- and physical activity-related activities. UTC students collected the data and interacted with the children and their families. Results from this work will be used to generate a physical activity and nutritional behavior model that will inform the design of a future multi-faceted program to be developed in partnership with OKES and the Hamilton County Department of Education.

 Dr. Howard Baptiste registering a family to the OKES Public Health Back to School Bash!        Current student leading a nutrition activity with the children at OKES Public Health Back to School Bash!