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May 2013

UCO Grad Honored With American College Health Association Award

UCO graduate Sara Shipley, ACHA award winner.

American College Health Association recently awarded University of Central Oklahoma graduate, Sara Shipley, the Lewis Barbato Award for her contributions to Central’s health and wellness programs. Shipley is a recent senior nutrition, dietetics and food management graduate.

American College Health Association (ACHA), a national nonprofit focused on the advancement of student’s health on college campuses, recently awarded University of Central Oklahoma graduate, Sara Shipley, the Lewis Barbato Award for her contributions to Central’s health and wellness programs.

Shipley recently graduated with a degree in senior nutrition, dietetics and food management.

Shipley is involved with Central’s Peer Health Leadership program, a selected group of student educators who serve UCO by providing health education programs for the campus.

As a peer health leader, Shipley developed, implemented, and evaluated an original program called Supermarket Smarts. The program is a grocery store tour, open to the university community, focused on healthier food options. The program was implemented on Central’s campus in spring 2012. Supermarket Smarts utilizes a hands-on approach to learning that encourages interaction and participation. Shipley leads students through the grocery store and educates them on food groups, proper serving sizes, and food labels. As she guides the tour through the different aisles, she provides practical learning opportunities for the students.

“It has been really fun to meet other students and share my knowledge of nutrition with them,” said Shipley.

For more information about Supermarket Smarts and the Peer Health Leaders, visit www.ucopeerhealthleaders.com.

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