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2012.03.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

P-16 Initative Brings UNO, Fontenelle Elementary Together With Local Health Organization

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) P-16 Initiative, as part of the university’s Service Learning Academy, will bring together UNO social work students and sixth-grade students from Fontenelle Elementary School to create educational activities for families visiting Black Family Health & Wellness Association’s (BFHWA) 14th annual Free Health Fair on March 31, at Omaha North High School, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

BFHWA’s health fair provides free screenings for participants in an effort to promote health and wellness in northeast Omaha and within black families, and is open to all members of the Omaha community.

For the past year the students from UNO and Fontenelle have been exploring health issues that impact their community and developing age-appropriate activities to inform children about hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and childhood obesity. The activities developed by the students range from “Health Jeopardy” to a dance based on Beyoncé’s “Move Your Body” and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.

The P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and (Pre)K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

The Service Learning Academy at UNO works in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

For more information, please contact Lucy Garza Westbrook by phone at (402) 554.3055 or by email at lgarza@unomaha.edu, or Luanne Nelson, Omaha Public Schools, by phone at (402) 557.2070 or by email at Luanne.Nelson@ops.org.

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