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Cedar Crest Student to Attend IMPACT Conference

Cedar Crest College nursing student, Alexis Gilmore ‘16, will present her workshop, Nutrition Investigators, at IMPACT, the largest annual conference focused on college students in community service. The conference will take place from Feb. 27 through Mar. 2 at Valparaiso University.

Alexis Gilmore

Nutrition Investigators is a five week program that focuses on teaching children healthy eating habits. Thanks to a generous grant from the Allen Foundation, Inc. of Midland, Mich., which funds projects that benefit human nutrition in the areas of education, training, and research, Gilmore was able to launch the Nutrition Investigator program. Nutrition Investigators works with children from third to fifth grade, teaching them about proper nutrition in a fun and engaging way.

“There are a lot of hands on activities,” said Gilmore. “For example, we’ll look at a plate and show where the food should go, how much should be on your plate, and review healthy portion sizes,” said Gilmore.

She added that attending and presenting at IMPACT is an exciting opportunity. “I’ll be presenting a workshop there for other schools, teaching them about nutritional awareness in community schools, and how to work with elementary schools.”

Gilmore began to organize Nutrition Investigators while working in Cedar Crest’s Lutz Center for Community Service as their volunteer coordinator. Gilmore said that the project would not have been possible without help from Cedar Crest’s community service director Tammy Bean, nutrition chair Martine Scannavino, D.H.Sc., R.D.N., L.D.N., and Cedar Crest alumna Christina Wolfe ’09, M.S., R.D.N.

In addition to her work in the Lutz Center for Community Service, Gilmore serves as the secretary of the Cedar Crest Christian Fellowship, participates in many other service activities, is on the Dean’s List, and received the Mary L. Romig Prize at the 2013 Convocation. She is originally from Quakertown, Pa.

Gilmore said that she hopes to continue the Nutrition Investigators project by attaining additional grants and reaching out to other organizations.

“It’s an exciting program for kids,” she said. “They have a lot of fun and the volunteers really enjoy it, too.”

One of Cedar Crest College’s core principles is civic engagement, and The Allen Center for Nutrition at Cedar Crest College provides students a wealth of opportunities to help promote health and wellness—specifically related to nutrition—in the community. The Allen Center for Nutrition is dedicated to promoting nutrition-related research and study and sponsoring programs to educate all age groups on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Cedar Crest offers a major and minor in nutrition, as well as, a dietetic internship certificate program.