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April 11, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


Earth Day includes health issues

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University Earth Day activities will include information about environmental health issues. Fifty-four students in Marcy Leeds upper-level “Environmental Health” course will staff the SGA Pavilion on the Quad April 19 to explain a host of environmental health topics and offer healthy food ideas.

           Leeds, an SRU professor of public health and social work, said the project is a course requirement. “In the project, students work in groups of four or five to develop an environmental health topic we have covered in class.” Presentations will run from 12:30-2 p.m.

           “Each group has prepared a tri-fold brochure or flyer and an educational game related to their chosen topic. I have checked, and will continue to check each of these, for accuracy and appropriateness, before the Earth Day Festival,” she said.

           “The students will distribute their handouts and take 10-15 minutes to explain the information to pavilion visitors,” she said. “They will also encourage visitors to play the game they have designed to help drive home the topic’s point.”

           Healthy food samples, along with other items, will be rewarded as prizes to game winners.

           Environmental health topics explored by Leeds’ students include breast cancer, prostate cancer, climate change, asthma, food colorings, non-renewable energy, alternative energy sources, fish consumption, PCBs and dioxins, ozone depletion, acid precipitation, mining, and cosmetics and personal care products.

           A similar program last year drew some 250 visitors, Leeds said.

           At the end of the semester, each of her student groups will present their Earth Day topic to fellow classmates. The in-depth presentations will include specific details from at least one, up-to-date research study about the topic from a scientifically acceptable research journal.

           The project is being offered in conjunction with the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research’s Earth Day programming.

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