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Nursing students offer fresh take on healthy eating

[Nursing students Laura Grande and Kathryn Chaykowski]Nursing students Laura Grande (left) and Kathryn Chaykowski are coordinating a lunch-hour workshop on healthy eating. The workshop is part of the Queen's Human Resources Department's wellness offerings.

Two fourth-year nursing students are serving up healthy eating tips to the Queen’s community for their class project.

“Through interviews with faculty and staff, we learned they want ideas on how to fit good nutrition into a busy lifestyle,” says Kathryn Chaykowski, who is coordinating the lunch-hour workshop with classmate Laura Grande.

The students have invited guest speakers to offer information about Canada’s Food Guide and practical tips for preparing healthy meals.

“Our goal is to help people make food choices that promote a healthy diet and not just weight loss,” says Ms Grande.

Nursing students enrolled in the Practicum Community Health Promotion class must complete a major project. Ms Grande and Ms Chaykowski were immediately interested in contributing to the Queen’s Human Resources Department’s wellness offerings.

“They have brought a fresh point of view to the topic. From day one they grabbed hold of this project and ran with it,” says Jacoba DeVos, Organization Development Consultant, Queen’s Human Resources Department.

Working on the project is beneficial to the students’ professional development because good nutrition plays such an important role in many different areas of nursing. They have enjoyed conducting research and exploring the issues through self-guided learning.

Lunch and Learn: Healthy Eating in Real Life will take place November 8 from noon until 1 pm in Mackintosh-Corry B176. Interested participants are asked to pre-register online for the workshop.

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