Long-awaited “FRESH” program to launch at Western and Brescia

October 29, 2012

London, ON – After much hard work and preparation, the graduate students in the Masters of Foods and Nutritional Sciences program at Brescia University College, under the guidance of Dr. Paula Dworatzek and Dr. June Matthews, are proud to see the official launch of the FRESH (Food Resources and Education for Student Health) program. Kiran Bains, undergraduate student and Lead Co-ordinator of the FRESH program, says, “FRESH offers a unique experience to students, through innovative peer-to-peer food and nutrition education that encompasses much more than just eating habits.” Undergraduate student Courtney Wilson, Assistant Co-ordinator for the FRESH program, adds, “Students will gain insight, knowledge, and skills that will assist them in fostering a healthy lifestyle.”

FRESH began as an experiential learning assignment for the graduate students and has since transformed into a full program, where each class has contributed a component. Dr. Paula Dworatzek, Associate Professor at Brescia, says, “After three years of work with our students and Western’s  Hospitality Services, we are delighted to see the launch of the FRESH program.” Associate Professor Dr. June Matthews chimes in, “FRESH has great potential to make a significant impact on student health, not just through nutrition education, but also through changes to the campus food environment.”

Hospitality Services at Western believes that the successful partnership between Western and Brescia has been a driving force in the success of the program development to date. Frank Miller, Director of Hospitality Services, says, “We are extremely pleased to have formed a strong partnership with the students from Brescia, to move us further in the direction of healthy eating in our operations on campus.”  Anne Zok, Nutrition Manager with Hospitality Services, agrees and says, “The partnership developed between Hospitality Services and the Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences at Brescia University College has proven to be a perfect fit. I see this as one of the first steps towards making Western and Brescia the healthiest campuses in Canada.”

The program launch will take place at various residences on campus at Western, beginning on Monday, October 29th and going until Thursday, November 1stfrom 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. each of those days. Brescia’s launch will take place on Wednesday, October 31st from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For additional information on the FRESH Program Launch, please contact  fresh@uwo.ca or visit the FRESH web site at www.freshu.ca.

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For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 orcolleen.aguilar@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,275 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room athttp://www.brescia.uwo.ca/media/index.html