Proviso East High School Partners With Loyola to Focus on Nutrition
Proviso East High School and Loyola University recently partnered to offer the students of Proviso East an information packed health fair with a keen focus on health education and nutrition.
Proviso East’s school-based health center which is run by Loyola and supported by federal, state and private foundation funding, provides easy access to health-care services for students. The partnership helps to enhance school performance by educating and improving the health of students.
“Our students’ health undoubtedly affects their ability to perform and excel in school,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated Loyola staff right here on site to help assist students with health issues, questions, and concerns. This year’s health fair was a true success. As the nation begins to focus more on health and nutrition, so are we and so are our students. So this health fair highlighted nutrition. Loyola University staff members were on site to teach students about healthier choices and also to answer their questions.”
Nutrition was the major highlight at this year’s fair. Sugary snacks and fatty foods will soon be shown the door at public schools across the city. This nutritional overhaul is part of an effort to implement new dietary standards and create a healthier environment in schools. Faculty and students at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) and Proviso East have been ahead of this curve. They began educating Proviso East High School students about nutrition six years ago in Proviso East’s school-based health center.
“Students who fuel their bodies with healthy food are more likely to thrive in and outside of the classroom,” said Joanne Kouba, PhD, RD, LDN, assistant professor and director of the dietetic intern program, MNSON. “Our programs help to encourage this behavior by teaching students to make more informed choices when it comes to nutrition.”
At the fair, Loyola faculty and students discussed healthy eating, diabetes prevention, and obesity. Students also received tips on how to create healthy meals that they can share with their families.
Loyola officials say they plan their Proviso East nutrition program next year with peer support groups, cognitive behavior therapy and coping skills.