Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Loyola University Chicago's School-Based Health Center to Celebrate Food Day at Proviso East High School

Schoolwide Event to Call Attention to Real Food Versus Junk Food

MAYWOOD, Ill. – More than 1,500 Maywood students at Proviso East High School will celebrate Food Day at assemblies held throughout the day on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the school located at 807 S. First Ave. in Maywood.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement toward healthier, more affordable and sustainable food. The goals of the day are to raise awareness about: healthy diets, supporting sustainable and organic farms, reducing hunger, reforming factory farms to protect the environment and supporting fair working conditions for food and farm employees.

Loyola University Chicago dietetic intern graduate students in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing will host an assembly for students to learn more about nutrition. The dietetic interns, who help staff Proviso’s School-based Health Center (SBHC), will address what our food system does right and take action to bring us closer to a system with healthier food. The assembly also will feature a rap performance by two students about real food versus junk food.

Loyola recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of providing health education, nutrition counseling, screenings, primary health care and mental health services to high school students at the SBHC. The center also delivers school physicals and immunizations to elementary school students in District 89 and provides health interventions and outreach to the Maywood community.

The SBHC is staffed by Loyola faculty, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians, registered dietitians and a social worker who offer a variety of health education, prevention and care. The SBHC also serves as a multidisciplinary clinical site for Loyola undergraduate and graduate nursing, dietetic, public health, health-care administration and medical students. The center is fully accredited by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.