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December 2019

Nursing Study Examines Foods Served within Faith Community Settings

Childhood obesity affects 13.7 million children and adolescents in the U.S. and is on the rise. It is a serious problem that puts children at risk for poor health and chronic disease. Unlike public schools, which must typically adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture food guidelines, most faith-based and private schools and associated afterschool programs operate without dietary requirements.

A pilot study, conducted by researchers at FAU's College of Nursing, is the first to examine foods served within faith-based community settings related to child health. Researchers studied 32 child-focused activities and analyzed for contribution to food groups and per serving energy, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium contents. Results of the study showed main dishes were mostly (71 percent) convenience/casserole-type foods, specifically pizza and pasta-based casseroles.

"Our study aligns with expanding public health efforts to identify and improve child nutrition in settings beyond schools and child-care facilities and into other sites where children are in attendance," said Andra Opalinski, Ph.D., lead author and Assistant Professor in FAU's College of Nursing.

Co-authors of the study are Sareen S. Gropper, Ph.D. Professor, and Andrea Parra, an undergraduate student from FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

Click here for more information on the study. Results were also published in the journal Public Health Nursing.

U.S. HHS Secretary Names María Ordóñez to Alzheimer's Council 

Alex M. Azar II, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently named Florida Atlantic University’s María Ordóñez, DNP, Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center and Associate Professor, to the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services. The advisory council was established in 2011 and meets quarterly to continue development and progress on the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease by HHS, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Ordóñez joins members who will advise the secretary and Congress on federal programs that affect people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. As a new member, she brings the perspectives of Hispanic and Latino Americans and providers of long-term services and support. More on this story here.

Cross Country Healthcare Partners with FAU's College of Nursing to Advance Nursing Profession

Cross Country Healthcare, a leader in providing innovative healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services, and FAU's College of Nursing announced a partnership to pursue collaborative research, educational and training activities of mutual interest that advance the nursing profession. A key objective of the partnership will be to jointly support nurses and their education through FAU's continuing education programs, scholarships, internships, residency and research opportunities. Cross Country Healthcare has pledged $10,000 to provide 10 scholarships to nursing students throughout 2020. More on this story here. (Photo Credit: Cross Country Healthcare.)

Season of Giving

This is the time of year when many reflect, give thanks and serve their community. As you think about your holiday traditions, we invite you to consider supporting FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as a new tradition. Your contributions enable our traditions of excellence, innovative caring-based education, and community service to grow. In whatever way you choose to give, know your generosity makes a valuable difference to our students and in our community.

Student Spotlight

Indhira Piquion, Kelley Jackson and Isabella Botero were invited to the Sigma Theta Tau convention to present their research, literature review or evidence-based project as part of the Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship program. Congratulations and well done!
Ten nurse practitioner students accompanied Drs. Rhonda Goodman and Debra Hain to rural Guatemala to provide health care to almost 500 indigenous Maya persons of all ages. Primary care clinics were provided, as well as women’s clinics. Students provided culturally-respectful and appropriate care, as well as learned much about the culture of the indigenous peoples and the social determinants of care in rural Guatemala.
Davie campus nurse practitioner students donned their nursing lab coats for the first time during a unique interdisciplinary collaboration. Two FAU theater students, Todd Pursley and Corey Rose, performed as live patient actors for the first patient encounter for these Advanced Health Assessment nurse practitioner students.

Alaiya Dewji served as a student ambassador at the Nursing Consortium of South Florida conference. It provided her the opportunity to hear from speakers on a variety of topics, including healthcare management and leadership. She also met with other nursing students, CNOs, clinical managers, nurse managers, recruiters from healthcare facilities and others.

Faculty Spotlight

The Gerontological Society of America hosted a movie screening of "When All That’s Left is Love," described as an emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband in their home. Dr. Christine Williams and the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing were included as part of this film. Learn more here.
Dr. Lisa Wiese presented her findings from the FDOH Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer's Disease Research Program to the Gerontological Society of America. She is pictured here with other national and international researchers involved in the Rural Aging Symposium.


Thank you to all those who joined the College for the 6th annual White Coat Ceremony celebrating and installing our freshman and accelerated class of nursing students. The White Coat Ceremony instills a commitment to provide compassionate care among future health professionals. A special thank you to Dr. Barry Gallison, President of the American Holistic Nurses Association, for his engaging keynote address.
We remain grateful to the Caring Hearts Auxiliary Board and event planning committee for organizing the 14th annual Keep Memories Alive Walk. These important fundraising dollars are used to support day center scholarships and caregiver programs at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at FAU. To learn more about supporting the Center, click here.
FAU's College of Nursing hosted a Veterans Day celebration, honoring and celebrating all veterans who have served our country. As part of the event, College of Nursing veterans/students were introduced and shared about their service to our country and interest in nursing. We're so grateful for their service and continued passion to help others.

College of Nursing students and faculty participated in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fundraising Walk in Broward County last month. Thank you to all those who represented the College.
FAU Community Health Center
Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
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