A $3,000 mini-grant to promote health on the McNeese
State University campus has been awarded to the Students of the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetic organization in the Harold and Pearl Dripps School of
The mini-grant - awarded by the
University of Tennessee - is part of the Get FRUVED program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FRUVED is short for FRUits and VEgetables and is a
nation-wide movement aiming to support healthy living among college students.
FRUVED was developed as a pilot program at four universities across the country,
including Tennessee, and has now expanded to include 90 universities, including
McNeese, according to Eljeana
Quebedeaux, director of the didactic program of nutrition and dietetics at
McNeese and SAND adviser.
"Our students are receiving national
collaboration and training with Tennessee in quality of life audits, surveys,
promoting wellness on campus and collaboration with other campus organizations,
students, administration and faculty to promote health and wellness to the
campus community,” said Quebedeaux.
training, education and awareness are vital to change the health deficit in our
area that seems too often to get attention.”
This semester, the students are collecting information on campus
priorities, needs and readiness for change and this information will in turn be
used to promote/market what is already going on, identify health promotion areas
that need additional focus and implement new activities and events to promote
healthy lifestyles during the spring semester.
"By doing this, FRUVED helps students to have a healthier and more
successful college experience,” Quebedeaux said.