WVU nursing grad receives service project award

Recognized for service at Preston County 4-H camp

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University School of Nursing graduate Vanessa Smith of Bruceton Mills received the Rural Health Education Partnerships (RHEP)/Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Outstanding Student Community Service Project award recently.

Smith was recognized for her healthy nutrition and physical activity workshop at a Preston County 4-H youth camp in Bruceton Mills. “To be nominated was a shock, but to win was incredible,” she said.

Smith worked with 100 campers, age eight to 12, during their week long camp. She taught them about how good food choices and physical activity are important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“I wanted the activity to be memorable for them, so I took what I was reading and learning about cardiovascular disease and nutrition, and applied that to the four H’s of 4-H: head, heart, hands and health,” Smith said. “Essentially what I taught them was to use their heads to be smart and make wise food choices, to exercise to keep their hearts strong, and to use their hands to guide their food portion sizes; all to give them better health for life.”

Smith graduated from the WVU School of Nursing in December.

“Educating others is inherent in the care that nurses provide,” she said. “This educational opportunity helped me develop skills that I will incorporate when educating my patients in the future.”

For more information about the WVU SoN see www.hsc.wvu.edu/son/.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
el: 01-12-10

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