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Healthy Active Arkansas Ambassador Training

Healthy Active Arkansas (HAA) is hosting an Ambassador Training Saturday, September 7, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The training is targeting youth and young adults that have an interest in various aspects of health.  The training will focus on the Governor-endorsed HAA plan to increase the number of children, adolescents, and adults who are at a healthy weight and ways to promote HAA in the community.  Click here for more information.

This training is for (but not limited to):

  • high school juniors and seniors
  • college and graduate students
  • pageant contestants
  • Student Government Association (SGA) officers
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA) members
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members
  • Junior Auxiliary

Students Inspire Gifts for Habitat for Humanity

Our own student, Joshua Eddinger-Lucero (FACS student) made the national Wellness Wednesday announcement!
Year Three of the FCSfit Signature Initiative is themed “Emotional Health & Relationship Well-being” and kicked off in Atlanta last month at the 109th Annual Conference & Expo.
Having a secure place to call home can play a huge factor in one’s sense of well-being, and the national Student Unit’s annual On-Site Service Project benefited Habitat for Humanity, an organization well-known around the world for helping families build safe and affordable homes, for just that reason.

Led by 2017-2018 Student Unit Co-leaders Jill Vanderhoof of Iowa State University and Joshua Eddinger-Lucero of University of Central Arkansas (pictured l-r below),

the Service Project, entitled “Collage for a Cause,” proved to be a huge success, garnering donations in excess of $1,500 from Atlanta conference attendees and surpassing the original $500 goal (the amount of money it takes to paint a Habitat house). 

Kimberly Spear, sponsorship manager at Habitat for Humanity of Atlanta, accepted the monetary gifts and paint chip collage that donors created at the Annual Conference Capstone luncheon on June 27th. She brought thanks from Habitat, and shared that the collage now has a new home on the “Habi-Wall” at the Atlanta office.

FACS Faculty Take on AAFCS Annual Meeting

Mrs. Rebekah Luong, Mrs. Monica Leiblong, and Dr. Nina Roofe presented their most recent research on student’s perspectives of financial well-being. Mrs. Rachel Schichtl presented a poster. Joshua Edinger-Lucero, SGA President and FACS major, presented and closed out his year serving as the national student rep for AAFCS. Way to represent UCA FACS nationally! Go Bears!

4-H Students Visit FACS

Dietetic Interns Busy at Work

This summer has been adventurous for UCA’s Dietetic Interns. From working in the garden at Arkansas Heart Hospital to presenting about food safety in Greer’s Ferry, visiting Sysco Foodservice, and much more….they have been BUSY!

School Nutrition Annual Conference

The Annual Nutrition Conference of the School Nutrition Association was held this July in Las Vegas. Dr. Alicia Landry represented UCA by presenting 4 posters, leading a poster session, and leading a presentation. Dr. Landry was joined by Audrey Chandler MS, RD (Intern Class of 2017) who presented her thesis research and received the Kathleen Stitt Award for research. Sharon Burgess MS, RD also joined Dr. Landry for a presentation on employee training. The training was packed and attendees provided great feedback.  This research represents collaborations with Conway Public Schools, Arkansas Department of Education, No Kid Hungry, and many other research participants.

Also, Dr. Cleta Long from Dade County Schools in Georgia came by and we snapped a photo of three generations of UCA Family and Consumer Science Alums who work in School Nutrition!

Go Bears!


UCA Dietetic Interns and Conway Regional Medical Center Garden

Several of the UCA Dietetic Interns got a great opportunity to work with the garden at Conway Regional Medical Center this summer. The CRMC “Team Talk” featured the garden in its June edition. The full Team Talk can be found here.

Dietetic Interns Field Trip

The Dietetic Interns were hosted by Wal-Mart Culinary Innovation Center – we toured the facility, learned all about product development of private labels, Wal-Mart’s effort to foster sustainability and local purchasing power. We also were able to visit WM Store 100 and take part in a real sensory evaluation! Thank you Mr. Jeff Eason for your hospitality!

Next, we saw Tyson Foods World Headquarters where we learned about Tyson brands, product development, and sensory evaluation. The Nutrition Team spent the whole afternoon with us and even let us do sensory evaluation on K-12 products. Thank you Dr. Moore and Ms. Shank for opening your office to us!

We were overwhelmed with the welcome from these worldwide companies! The innovation and commitment to Arkansas is fantastic!

50’s Night at the Senior Center

The Nutrition students in Nutrition Services Administration hosted another successful theme meal at the Conway Senior Wellness and Activity Center! The theme was 50’s Fun and included a live Marilyn Monroe to take photos with, records and albums from the era, a menu with hamburgers, roasted potatoes and more!

We  would like to say THANK YOU very much to the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative, which is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, for helping us produce such a wonderful meal and serve seniors in our community.

Faulkner County Urban Farm Workday

Students from Rachel Schichtl’s NUTR 3350 Community Nutrition class recently spent a workday at Faulkner County Urban Farm to help plant fruit trees. A total of 8 fruit trees and a blueberry bush were planted with funds from a Service Learning Grant the class received. The Faulkner County Urban Farm ( located behind the Faulkner County Library) provides nutrition and garden education to school aged children up to adults. Here in a few years children and adults alike should be able to enjoy figs, apples, pears, peaches, blueberries and more ! Great job students!