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October 1, 2013
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Brown Center Celebrates 10 Years!

A spirit of caring, dedication to our students as future professionals and a love of community have enriched the lives of people with physical challenges at the Brown Center for Adaptive Aquatic Therapy for 10 years now. Celebrate with us on November 2nd!

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Stemming the Tide of Childhood Obesity

Thanks to a generous grant from UniHealth Foundation, we're teaching elementary school children and their families in the West San Fernando Valley how fitness activity and healthy eating habits truly make life sweeter.

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Public Health Policy Students Visit State Legislature

14 CSUN Public Health Policy Students joined 140 peers from across the CSU for a trip to Sacramento. The educational experience was made possible by a grant from the California Endowment.

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The Affordable Care Act: New Options Available

How will the Affordable Care Act affect CSUN's students and families? CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White has an important message:

Watch the video.

See also: CSUN Students' Guide to the Affordable Care Act in the Daily Sundial.

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Ever Stronger in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Thanks to a grant from Kaiser Permanente, students and faculty from the departments of Kinesiology and Family and Consumer Sciences are bringing physical activity and nutrition programs to elementary school children and their families in *Panorama City.

Let's Cook and Move! links school, family and community through a program that enhances the day with awareness and action. Children get activity before school; family, students and faculty get together for nutrition education during the day, and after school there are family based group activities—all with the goal of reducing rates of childhood obesity.

Let’s Cook and Move! is just one more of the ways the College of Health and Human Development makes CSUN Shine!

*This story corrects a previous version that cited schools in Van Nuys.

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Our Students Make CSUN Shine

Inaugural Harrison Leadership Award Presented to Kinesiology Major Madalyne Handy

This year’s CSUN Freshman Convocation included a new element: the presentation of the first annual Dianne F. Harrison Leadership Award. The award went to Kinesiology sophomore Madalyne Handy.

Created upon the occasion of President Harrison’s investiture as CSUN’s president last spring, the $5,000 award recognizes a student, after completing the freshman year, for his or her leadership, as demonstrated by involvement in student government, a campus club or a student organization. Read More in CSUN Today.

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Distinguished Faculty Recognized

Awards are presented each year to a select group of CSUN faculty in recognition of their outstanding achievement. Last spring, Health and Human Development faculty receiving the award were:

  • Frankline Augustin (Health Sciences), Visionary Community Service-Learning Award
  • Whitney Scott (Child and Adolescent Development), Distinguished Teaching, Counseling or Librarianship Award;
  • Paula Thomson (Kinesiology), Outstanding Faculty Award

See a photo essay of the day's events at CSUN Today.

Paula Thomson was also named among the nation's top female professors and was honored by the Los Angeles City Council for her dedication as an educator, psychologist, choreographer, dancer and movement coach. Read the full story in CSUN Today

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Essay Receives Top Honor from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

"I believe this about nursing, the profession calls upon you when you least expect it and endears you to make community, your family." - Tina Battaglia, CSUN, Nursing '2013

Nursing Alum Tina Battaglia's essay was chosen by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "New Careers in Nursing" scholars program as the best essay for the month of May 2013. As an RWJF scholar, Tina inspires other nursing students by writing about her journey into nursing. Read her essay on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.

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We Thank You - And We Need You

You are important to the success of our students. We hope our stories make it clear that the power of your donation to the College of Health and Human Development grows exponentially as we apply it to our programs.

YOU make CSUN Shine for students, for degree programs and for the community.

To make a donation to our college, go to Give to Cal State Northridge and select “College of Health and Human Development” from the pulldown menu.

You can direct your gift to the area you most want to support.

If you'd like to know more about giving opportunities in the College, please email John Pepitone or call 818-677-5863. Thank you!


Sylvia A. Alva, Dean
College of Health and Human Development

Managing Editor: Jean O'Sullivan
HHD Public Affairs/Communications

College of Health and Human Development
California State University Northridge
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Northridge, CA 91330-8215

The College of Health and Human Development News Online is the communications email newsletter for alumni, friends and supporters of the College of Health and Human Development, California State University, Northridge.

Our mission is to prepare competent and caring professionals who share our commitment to enhance and promote the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve. We advance our mission through our teaching, scholarship and service and we are guided by several unifying values: a commitment to academic quality, student success, community engagement, and educational effectiveness.
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