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Service-Learning Nutrition Program UCHSC School of Pharmacy. Catherine Jarvis, PharmD, BCNSP Presented at CCPH Summer Service-Learning Institute June 2005. What is service-learning?. Students meet the learning objectives of the curriculum by performing a service to the community

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service learning nutrition program uchsc school of pharmacy

Service-Learning Nutrition ProgramUCHSC School of Pharmacy

Catherine Jarvis, PharmD, BCNSP

Presented at CCPH Summer

Service-Learning Institute

June 2005

what is service learning
What is service-learning?
  • Students meet the learning objectives of the curriculum by performing a service to the community
    • Students and community benefit
    • Curriculum is extended beyond the lecture hall
    • Students apply learning to real world situations
    • Students develop a sense of civic responsibility
    • Students reflect on their experiences
how does service learning fit into the pharmacy curriculum
How does service-learning fit into the pharmacy curriculum?
  • Provides real life, complex, social situations for students to explore:
    • Communication
    • Social, ethical, cultural issues
    • Personal biases, assumptions & prejudices
    • Adapting messages to their audience
    • Decision making
    • Context of healthcare in society
why nutrition for elementary school students
Why nutrition for elementary school students?
  • Nutrition is a basic, health-related topic
  • Rates of obesity are rising dramatically across the US, particularly among children of minority groups
  • Children are much more likely to change and adopt new dietary practices as compared to adults
  • Children are an amenable audience
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Why nutrition for elementary school students?
  • Children influence the dietary practices of their families
  • Obesity is strongly correlated with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other diseases commonly encountered by practicing pharmacists
  • A foundation of basic nutrition knowledge is important for practicing pharmacists
what is the service learning nutrition program at cu
What is the service-learning nutrition program at CU?
  • Required course, 1st year pharmacy students
  • Each pharmacy student matched to a group of 3 to 4 elementary school students
  • Elementary school classroom one hour per week for seven weeks
  • Pharmacy students submit written reflection assignments
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What is the service-learning nutrition program at CU?
  • Preparatory work
  • Elementary school visits
  • Reflection assignments
  • Quiz and survey
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What is the service-learning nutrition program at CU?
  • The six module topics:
    • The food guide pyramid
    • Variety and balance
    • Grains & breakfast
    • Fruits, vegetables & snacks
    • Dairy, meats & portion sizes
    • Fats, oils & sweets
elementary school demographics
Elementary School Demographics
  • 325 Elementary school children
  • Grades kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Ethnicity
    • 75% Hispanic
    • 25% African American
  • Language
    • 25% English as a second language
    • 9% Spanish speaking only
  • 95% Qualify for free or reduced lunch program
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What is the service-learning nutrition program at CU?
  • Each elementary school visit consists of:
    • 1. A major nutrition concept & activity
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What is the service-learning nutrition program at CU?
  • Each elementary school visit consists of:
    • 2. A physical activity emphasizing nutrition concepts
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What is the service-learning nutrition program at CU?
  • Each visit consists of:
    • 3. Tasting of foods
what were the results from the first year
What were the results from the first year?
  • Cereal
  • Banana
  • Carrot n=253
  • Chicken average correct =
  • Milk 5.5 out of 6
  • Cookie
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What were the results from the first year?
  • n=249 percent correct 83%
  • Turkey sandwich, apple, skim milk
  • Cheeseburger, French fries, Pepsi
  • Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, whole milk
pharmacy student reflections
Pharmacy Student Reflections
  • “I really believe that because of this, coupled with the excitement of the activities, they are going home and telling their parents about it, and perhaps requesting healthier snacks”
  • “What we have accomplished with the children is spectacular. In my wildest dreams, I never thought that the children would be able to change their eating habits as well as their family’s eating habits”
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Pharmacy Student Reflections
  • “Through this experience, I have learned that I have to treat each child and family member as a different and unique individual”
  • “This is not a role that I am playing for my instructor with my other classmates, these are not just words I am repeating from a book. I am being responsible for someone obtaining knowledge from me as if I were in a pharmacy setting.”
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Pharmacy Student Reflections
  • “This experience is enabling me to learn how to use less complicated language without “talking down” to people”
  • “I have had to step back and think about how to approach some topics in order to ensure that I come across in a manner that the kids will understand. In the healthcare world, I want to be very conscious of the fact that people may not understand, so I can have the patience and knowledge to explain anything to them until they feel the concept is 100% clear.”
acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • SOP students
  • Vickie James
    • Cooking Light
  • SOP Faculty
    • Chris Turner
    • Joel Giles
  • SOP Curriculum Committee