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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

MAKING HEALTHIER CHOICES

Student Dietetic Association Reaches Out to Change the Eating Habits of Cedar Crest College Students

Allentown, PA (March 7, 2005) - Each year in March, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) sponsors National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education campaign designed to focus attention on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Jacqui Boyle, president of the Student Dietetic Association (SDA) at Cedar Crest College, saw this as the perfect platform for her organization to reach out to their fellow students and encourage them to make healthier nutritional choices.

"It's easy to fall into bad eating habits while at college," says Boyle. "Cedar Crest has a lot of great programs like Healthy U in place already, and we want to be another resource that can help make a difference in the eating habits of the students at the College."

Throughout the month of March, the SDA will sponsor four talks at each of the campus dorms to educate residents about "Healthy Choices while Eating Out and Ordering In at Cedar Crest." The SDA researched local eateries and organized binders, which will be distributed at the talks, that contain menus with nutrition information and will have some of the healthier choices highlighted.

"General nutrition tips and educational materials are always helpful," says Boyle, a Lifelong Learning student who'll graduate with her nutrition degree in May. "But we wanted to give the students a tool that they could really use in their everyday lives."

They will also offer nutrition tips direct from the ADA to the campus community via email and have created table tents for the campus cafeteria and bistro. The table tents will focus on three areas that are essential to all-around good health and nutrition - activity, variety and moderation.

"National Nutrition Month is a great vehicle for our nutrition students to utilize what they've learned through classes and research and put it into practice," says Martine Scannavino, assistant professor at Cedar Crest's Allen Center for Nutrition and advisor to the SDA. "We hope that the efforts made this year will be a model that will continue to grow each year."

About the Allen Center for Nutrition

In 1992, the Allen Center for Nutrition at Cedar Crest College launched a new era of nutrition education in the Lehigh Valley. The state-of-the-art nutrition food laboratory in the Miller Family Building is the centerpiece of a cutting-edge nutrition degree program. Cedar Crest has the only American Dietetic Association (ADA)-approved, four-year, nutrition degree program in the region. The Allen Center for Nutrition is recognized as a quality nutrition resource in the northeast. Its community outreach programs have touched thousands of people of all ages and have brought national figures in the world of health to campus including Jane Brody and Dr. Dean Ornish.

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