SAVE THE DATE
Please save the date for Wilmington Food Day also known as Feast Down East or Southeastern NC Food Systems Program. This non-profit economical development program was established in 2006. Its aim is to build a strong local food system and a...lleviate poverty in rural and urban communities. Feast Down East helps small scale limited resource farmers build and sustain their farms and connect them with local markets.
For more information please visit www.FeastDownEast.org
Sue Combs (School of Health and Applied Human Sciences) to Attend White House Summit and Research Forum
Sue Combs, professor and director of the I Can Do It, You Can Do It program (IDIC), has been invited to attend the White House Summit and Research Forum Oct. 6-7. The conference focus is “Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities.”
The I Can Do It program utilizes faculty and students from the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences to provide mentoring to individuals with disabilities. Mentors are students majoring in physical education and health, exercise science, special education/adapted, and recreation, sport leadership and tourism management. The multi-disciplinary make-up of the class provides a unique learning experience for both the mentees and mentors. The program also offers information to the participants and their families about nutrition.
“The I Can Do It, You Can Do It program is the only one of its kind in North Carolina and is one of nine in the nation of activity based programs for those with disabilities,” said Combs. “Not only does the program develop healthful living for the mentees, but creates learning experiences for UNCW students as well.”
Jordan Weber, who is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership graduate program at UNCW, has been involved with ICDI since the beginning and assists Combs with the program.
Initiated in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disability and promoted by Michelle Obama, the program aims to combat the increasing obesity rate in America. Recently, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition (PCFSN) endorsed ICDI and charged the program to increase access for all Americans regardless of ability to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.