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Featured Chapter - June 2012

Nu Omega is KON's Featured Chapter for June, 2012

Nu Omega Members Bring Healthy Eating Lessons to Local Elementary Students

Nu Omega chapter of Life University was initiated on November 17th, 2010. There were 19 students that were initiated as the first members of Nu Omega. We were honored to have Dr Deborah Tippett preside over the induction ceremony. Since the initial ceremony Nu Omega’s membership has grown to a total of 32 members. Nu Omega has created an online “Nu’s Letter” that highlights current research and nutrition- and lifestyle-related topics. They also created a mentoring program for students in the nutrition department at Life University.

July of 2011, the members of the Nu Omega chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu Honors Society from Life University in Marietta, Georgia met and decided to create the “Healthy Living for Children” presentation to meet the requirements for the Kids & Careers Program through Kappa Omicron Nu. As a group Nu Omega targeted the local elementary school in Cobb County Georgia to present the program. In March 2012, Sedalia Park Elementary of Marietta, GA agreed to allow Nu Omega to present to the first grade class, including a total of 125 students and 7 teachers.

On March 16th, the students were assembled in the cafeteria for a brief interactive presentation that introduced the My Plate concept followed by a lesson on packing healthy lunches. At the side of the cafeteria a table was set up with carrots, grapes, Gold Fish crackers, and handouts. At the end of the presentation the students were instructed to go to the table and pack their own healthy snack bags from the choices of foods that were provided. Once the students filled their snack bags they were then instructed to return to their classroom with their teachers. A Nu Omega member went to each of the respective classrooms and led an interactive session with the students on healthy snacks and eating. Students participated well and it was clear that they enjoyed talking about health, food, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices. When asked whether they would take the information home to their parents many responded “I can’t wait to tell my mom and dad about it and help pack my lunches for school.” The Nu Omega members are equally excited to share the “Healthy Living for Children” presentations with more schools in Cobb County Georgia.