Organizations across the country are increasingly developing policies that prioritize health and wellness, In Greater Cincinnati, there’s a new generation of change-makers preparing to lead the way for their communities.
Recognizing this, The American Cancer Society (ACS) and United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) partnered to offer training in organizing techniques to help students become advocates for increased access to healthy eating options and physical activities on their campuses.
On April 8, students representing the University of Cincinnati (UC), Xavier University (XU), and Miami University of Ohio (MU) gathered at University of Cincinnati’s McMicken Hall to attend the four-hour “Creating Healthy Changes” session. Planners from ACS and its Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN) organized and staffed the day, partnering with Project Impact students through the Lindner College of Business at UC.
We recently chatted with trainer Laura Metzler, Senior Director, Community Engagement for the East Central Division of American Cancer Society, Inc. to learn more about the event and its outcomes:
Student reaction to the day’s activities was energizing and positive:
“Since I’m also an employee of UC, I’d like to see the employee wellness programs and student wellness centers partner closer together.” – Carole, Master of Health Education Student, UC
“I want to work with XU’s food services personnel to explore ways to decrease meat consumption on campus, and increase fresh fruits and vegetables in turn.” – Emily, marketing student, XU
Where can you go to learn more about the event? About creating healthy changes on YOUR campus? For more information, contact Andrea Britcher at Andrea.Britcher@cancer.org.