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WVU combines hoops and health for Education Day at the Coliseum

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West Virginia University brings athletics and academics together to help improve the lives of West Virginians as the School of Nursing and College of Physical Activities and Sport Sciences join with the women’s basketball team to provide 8,000 Morgantown area elementary and junior high school students with health and wellness education. Topics include nutrition, stranger/predator danger, oral health, the impact of electronics and skin/acne care and more. This is another way WVU fulfills its land-grant mission of education, service and research.

Quotes and comments
“A key part of our nursing students’ education is working within our communities to share their knowledge of health and wellness. We hope by teaching young children the importance of nutrition, exercise and safety, they have the foundation for long and happy lives.”  — Tara Hulsey, WVU vice president of health promotion and wellness and dean of the WVU School of Nursing 

“We are looking forward to having a great atmosphere in the WVU Coliseum on Thursday. This is something we have been hoping to do for a while, and we’re thrilled that we’re able to do it this year. My wife is a teacher in the area, so I know how much this means to the schools. Earlier this year, several of our players had the opportunity to interact with young students in Dallas as part of our Big 12 Media Tipoff. They had a great experience, and I know they’re extremely excited to continue working with students in our own community.  Overall, we’re looking forward to a great day.” — Mike Carey, head women’s basketball coach

“Teachers, coaches and other leaders in the education field need to expose school children to a healthy and fun fitness-based lifestyle. Active kids often grow into healthy adults. WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is a leader in research and community outreach to improve the wellness of West Virginians. CPASS faculty collaborate with local, regional and state-wide partners to help create success strategies to cultivate improvements in health and wellness.” — Valerie Wayda, associate professor and chair, coaching and teaching studies department, CPASS


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CONTACT(S): Ashley Bailey; Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Wendi MacKay; School of Nursing, West Virginia University

Kimberly Cameon; College of Physical Activities and Sport Sciences

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