Walla Walla University Student Nurses Team with Vancouver Church

Virginia Oliver, Vancouver Church member, and Mary McClay, M.S.N., APRN, Walla Walla University School of Nursing mental health instructor, coordinated the "Foods for Thought" program for Vancouver community residents. This LifeStyle Matters program was presented by a team of church members and Walla Walla University nursing students Aaron Teague, Lauren Manteghi and their instructor from the mental health nursing class on Tuesday evenings during October.

Community health nursing students Chrystal Kandoll and April Rogers presented information to help participants make food choices that would improve mood, memory, learning and behavior. Oliver, Sandra Bostrom, Chris Price and Juanita Stroh prepared tasty recipes emphasizing the types of foods that were discussed each night. Gene Heinrich and Dave Allan, Vancouver pastors, facilitated the break-out discussions in which team members led out in small-group discussions.

"LifeStyle Matters" programs were developed by Vicki Griffin, MPA, MACN, and Evelyn Kissinger, MS, RD, IBCLC, for community primary prevention programs emphasizing nutrition. One of their other programs, Simple Solutions, which addresses stress and nutrition, was presented by Oliver, McClay and the Vancouver Church last year and was also well received by the community. Information on the programs can be found at http://lifestylematters.com.

January 01, 2008 / Oregon Conference