Blue Raiders Drink Up: Healthy Choices for Healthy Students
As of July 1, 2019 MTSU began implementing 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 to live healthy lifestyles. As part of the Tennessee Department of Health’s ongoing Project Diabetes initiative, the agency 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. As of spring 2021, the project is wrapping up its second of three years and has been an incredible success.
As part of the grant activities, students have learned the importance of reducing consumption of sugary beverages as a primary focus. Planned activities have included cooking classes and counseling sessions with a registered dietitian, health coaching sessions, and 24 educational activities per year where students have learned how to live healthy lifestyles including making wise beverage choices as part of a balanced diet. A scholarship to fund personal training sessions has been offered with ten students each academic year receiving scholarships. All students seeking health services have had their body mass index checked and when approriate referred to a registered dietitian, health coach, or personal trainer. Twelve water refill stations were scheduled to 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. Water stations have already been installed for the first two years of the grant, and more will be installed fall 2021.
To learn more about this exciting 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 through June 2022. This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee Project Diabetes Initiative.
Students - Want to learn more about free counseling sessions with a dietitian as part of our grant? Click here to learn more and to register.