Blue Raiders Drink Up: Healthy Choices for Healthy Students

 

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Beginning July 1, 2019 MTSU will implement exciting and engaging activities as part of a three-year grant award in a proactive effort to help students learn how to make wiser beverage decisions and live healthy lifestyles. As part of the Tennessee Department of Health’s ongoing Project Diabetes initiative, the agency has awarded more than $444,000 to MTSU’s Center for Health and Human Services to implement “Blue Raiders Drink Up: Healthy Choices for Healthy Students.” The purpose is to reduce overweight and obesity as risk factors for the development of diabetes through prevention activities as well as to implement policy changes on campus that support healthy living.

Students will learn the importance of reducing consumption of sugary beverages as a primary focus. Planned activities will include cooking classes and counseling sessions with a registered dietitian, health coaching sessions, and 24 educational activities  per year where students can learn how to live healthy lifestyles including making wise beverage choices as part of a balanced diet. A scholarship to fund personal training sessions also will be offered with ten students each academic year receiving scholarships.  All students seeking health services will have their body mass index checked and if approriate referred to a registered dietitian, health coach, or personal trainer.   Twelve water refill stations will be installed across campus over a 3-year period and all incoming students will receive maps of where these stations are as part of convocation activities, and current students will be made aware through educational activities taking place throughout the year.

To learn more about this exciting new project, take a look at the grant announcement and press release and follow CHHS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram to learn more about the activities taking place. This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

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