Eastern’s Student Nutrition & Public Health Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore their interests in nutritional science and educate the public on their concerns.
Collin Ellis, a third year premedical student at Eastern, is the president of the Student Nutrition & Public Health Program.
“People need to know that the foods they are eating today are going to affect their health for the rest of their lives,” Ellis wrote in an e-mail. “A healthy body creates a healthy mind, and a healthy mind and body give you a better quality of life.”
The program is broken down into three parts: meeting at the beginning of each quarter to discuss and sign up for ideas, meeting before the symposium to discuss layout, and then holding the symposium at end of the quarter, he wrote.
The symposium is held in an auditorium all day.
It will be promoted all over the surrounding communities and on campus. Every session will be open to everyone.
Some of the ideas presented will be proper eating, comparative studies, diets, dental, medical, technologies, processing and safety, sports supplementation, how to prevent diseases through proper nutrition, philosophical perspectives and general topics (meal planning, meal spacing, etc.).
Other possible ideas for the program are working with varying services to try and change some of the food options at Eastern, to promote health and wellness seminars on campus, create healthy eating pamphlets for freshmen in the dorms and raise money to try to attend Health and Nutrition seminars, Ellis wrote.
We also want to try to get Eastern to offer more nutritional science courses and create some pressure to bring back the nutritional science department that left some time ago, he wrote.
We hope to bring in some speakers such as economists, a nutritional science professor and a holistic physician, Ellis wrote.
“Any other ideas students have for projects on campus or within the community involving nutritional education and public health are welcome to share their ideas with the group and will be given the resources necessary to make it happen,” Ellis wrote.