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UVU Public & Community Health Students To Volunteer At Local Diabetes Fundraiser

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September 6, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

On Saturday, Sept. 7, dozens of Utah Valley University public and community health students will partner with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help put on a fundraising walk for people with type one diabetes in Utah County and get hands-on experience practicing what they’ve learned in the classroom.

The service project is just one example of UVU’s efforts to involve students in engaged learning experiences, where they can apply what they learn in the classroom in other settings.

The two-mile walk will commence at 8:30 a.m. at The Shops at Riverwoods in Provo. Currently, 70 teams are signed up to participate. Between 75 and 100 UVU student volunteers will assist with various aspects of the walk — registration, food, activities, water stations, street crossings, photo booths, etc.

“I think it is pretty amazing that so many of our students are willing to participate and serve as volunteers for such a great cause,” said Sue Jackson, an assistant professor in the Public & Community Health Department at UVU. “We talk a lot about chronic and infectious diseases in public and community health, and we also focus a lot on preventing and managing diseases. This type of event is what our students could be involved in after graduation. We could talk all day long about it, but getting out there and interacting with the people and seeing what they’re dealing with makes such an impact.”

UVU students have volunteered at the annual event in years past, which Jackson says has raised awareness of type one diabetes as an autoimmune disease, as well as given students on-the-ground experience about what it takes to organize such an event. In fact, the organizer of this year’s walk, Stacey Bowen ’06 is a member of the first graduating class from UVU’s Public & Community Health Department.

“Most of the teams that walk include a person with type one diabetes or know someone who has it,” Jackson said. “This walk is a celebration of all the fundraising that has been done for type one diabetes throughout the year.”

To learn more about the walk, click on “Walk to Cure Diabetes” under the “Get Involved” tab at jdrf.org.

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