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NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

November 5, 2008

Nutrition students to give presentations
for NIU Nutrition Education Week

DeKalb — After the week of Nov. 10, members of the Northern Illinois University campus community will have no valid excuses about bad eating habits.

Seniors in FCNS 409 – “Nutrition Education for Health Promotion Students” – will offer 16 presentations over four days in celebration of NIU Nutrition Education Week. The events are sponsored by the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences, part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, and NIU Recreation Services.

All presentations are free and open to the public. Only the sessions that involve cooking require advanced registration because of limited space in the food lab.

“The students get to practice developing nutrition education sessions for the target audience of college students. They’re so enthusiastic. They’re excited they know enough about these subjects to talk to other people about them,” said Beverly Henry, an assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and hospitality administration. “They developed their own topics, researched studies that were done and determined the nutrition needs and knowledge needs of their target audiences.”

Faculty are helping the students prepare, which includes two weeks of “dress rehearsals.” Graduate students enrolled in Henry’s class on strategies for modifying nutrition behaviors are providing critiques.

Meanwhile, Henry has upped the ante for students giving this year’s talks.

“Last year, they did this mainly for students in the residence halls,” Henry said. “This year, we’ve expanded. They need to think outside the box – for parents who have kids at the Campus Child Care Center, for the Latino Center, for brown bag lunches – but still within the security of doing things for the NIU family.”

Monday, Nov. 10

  • Lickety-split: 30-Minute Meals for the Healthy College Student
    6 to 7 p.m., Wirtz 306 Foods Lab
    Learn how to make quick and easy, healthy meals on a college budget.
    Space is limited. Call (815) 753-1260, stop by Wirtz 118 or e-mail to reserve your seat.
  • It Takes Food to Tango: Eat Healthy Latino Style!
    7 to 8 p.m., Latino Resource Center
    Learn how to take small steps to make big changes. We’ll show you how to decipher nutrition labels, choose nutritious Latino foods, identify portion sizes and use
  • Don’t be a Fool … Eat Healthy at School!
    7 to 8 p.m., Grant Hall Smart Classroom
    Mindful eating, proper portion sizes, healthy options and MyPyramid can help you eat healthier in the residence halls.
  • Choose Smart!
    8 to 9 p.m., Stevenson Multipurpose Classroom
    Ever want to learn how to read food labels or make healthier food choices in the residence halls? Come join us to learn how to overcome barriers to eating healthy.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

  • College Cooking for Dummies
    6 to 7 p.m., Wirtz 306 Foods Lab
    Join us in cooking nutritious, inexpensive and delicious food in the Wirtz Food Lab. The food is free, and you will get to prepare and enjoy your own creation.
    Space is limited. Call (815) 753-1260, stop by Wirtz 118 or e-mail to reserve your seat.
  • Teaching Huskies New Tricks
    7 to 8 p.m., Neptune Central Smart Classroom
    Come learn about the importance of proper portion sizes and how to make healthy food choices at the Trident. You will learn how to maintain a healthy weight and develop healthy eating habits – because only our mascot should be “husky.”
  • Fueling Fitness
    4 to 5 p.m., Recreation Center Meeting Room
    Want to learn what foods to eat to enhance your workouts? Come join us and we will teach you how to fuel your fitness regimen!

Wednesday, Nov. 12

  • Small Wonders
    Noon to 1 p.m., Campus Child Care Center Large Motor Room
    Everyone can develop healthy eating habits to enhance good health and life. Parents and childcare providers can learn how small changes can make BIG differences.
  • Have a Ball Eating in the Dining Hall!
    5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Douglas Hall Big Blue Room
    Learn how easy it is to make healthy choices in the residence halls. Join us for a free snack while we discuss portion sizes along with physical activity.
  • The Complete Truth about Soy …
    6 to 7 p.m., Wirtz 306 Foods Lab
    Learn the truth about complete soy protein and enjoy some hands-on fun. Come experience a new way to bake for the heart.
    Space is limited. Call (815) 753-1260, stop by Wirtz 118 or e-mail to reserve your seat.
  • Living the Good Life: Healthy Choices on Campus
    7 to 8 p.m., Lincoln Hall Multipurpose Room
    Come explore MyPyramid. Learn how to use it in your everyday life. We will talk about portion sizes, with an emphasis on healthy snacking.

Thursday, Nov. 13

  • Nutrition on the Go
    Noon to 1 p.m., Holmes Student Center Basement: Commuter/Non-Traditional Student Services Lounge
    Join us for snacks while learning how to eat nutritionally – even when you are commuting to NIU. We will show you how all foods can fit into a healthy meal plan.
  • Using Prevention to Knock-out Disease
    Noon to 1 p.m., HSC Blackhawk Annex
    Jump-start your heart and fight for strong bones. You will be shocked to find out how easy it is to kick bad habits and live a long and healthy life.
  • Drive Home Healthy Habits
    2 to 3 p.m., HSC Basement: Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services Lounge
    Commuters and non-traditional students can eat healthy and stay physically fit while on campus. Learn how to read food labels, find healthy food on campus, pack a nutritious lunch and use the Student Recreation Center.
  • Choose Your Foods
    6 to 7 p.m., Student Recreation Center Meeting Room
    Eating right helps improve performance for any physical activity. Come learn how to read food labels and pick the right foods for your workout.
  • Healthy and Delicious: Light Cooking Just for YOU!
    6 to 7 p.m., Wirtz 306 Foods Lab
    Join us in cooking decadent desserts with less than 300 calories. Learn how something so delicious can be so light and how to make other low-calorie, healthy recipes.
    Space is limited. Call (815) 753-1260, stop by Wirtz 118 or e-mail to reserve your seat.

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