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NYMC Celebrates Public Health Week

a group of students at National Public Health Week

To celebrate NYMC Public Health Week, members of the Student Healthcare Executives (StuHE) club, the School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) student public health organization, co-hosted a health and nutrition fair at the Greenburgh Health Center. The event was designed to help community residents and their families understand the importance of healthy eating habits to promote better health and well-being. Activities included interactive games for the children involving fruit and vegetables, gardening activities, a cooking demonstration for healthy food, dancing and exercise demonstrations. The event was made possible through a collaboration between StuHE and SHSP alumna Judith Watson, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H. ‘07, back row second from left, the executive director of Greenburgh Health Center, a division of the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center. “It is great that this event taking place at the Health Center,” says Ms. Watson. “We take pride in treating our community, but it is equally important to have programs like this to demonstrate beneficial lifestyle choices. These initiatives can help our communities achieve their very best health; this is our ultimate goal.” View the NYMC Public Health Week photo gallery.

Koua Her, front row second from right, StuHE vice president special events, took over the NYMC Instagram account for the week as part of the American Public Health Association #SpeakforHealth campaign posting how NYMC students stand up for public health interests.  Special lectures  “Obamacare and Beyond” by Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health, and “An Introduction to Patient Safety and Risk Reduction” by Peter Tesler, M.D., M.P.H., regional medical director, quality and safety, Westchester Medical Center,  rounded out National Public Health Week.