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Durham Classrooms Part of NCCU's Healthy Children Initiative

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

North Carolina Central University students worked with Durham Public Schools, May 19 through 23 to address health disparities experienced by African-Americans and other minority groups.

NCCU students assisted in first-grade classrooms each day this week at C.C. Spaulding Elementary School, 1431 Roxboro St., as part of the “Healthy Children-Healthy World” community health, service-learning research project.

From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., university students helped with literacy activities. From 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., the university students led lessons and coordinated activity stations focusing on Smoking Prevention, Germ Busters, Stress Busters and Healthy Eating.

This service-learning project was designed to expose school-aged children to strategies and activities that encourage healthy-lifestyle choices and ultimately decrease the development of childhood diseases, including diabetes and obesity. It was developed by Kisha N. Daniels, principal investigator of the NCCU Center for Translational Health Equality Research Education, Research and Training Core and an associate professor of education at NCCU, and Cheresa Greene-Clemons, assistant professor of education. Fourteen students from the schools of education, nursing, public health, psychology, child development and foods and nutrition will participate. 

This initiative is part of the “Healthy Children-Healthy World” project, developed through collaboration between the Center for Translational Health Equality Research (CTHER), housed at the Julius Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI), and the School of Education.

In 2012, the CTHER received $5.7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to research minority health, disparities and risk factors for cardiovascular and kidney disease. The project aims to show students how various issues (societal, financial and institutional) may interact to contribute to minority health disparities, as well as provide experience with community participatory health research.

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