Truman Places Third in National Competition

A team of health and exercise students placed third in national competition April 26 in Charlotte, N.C., at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention.

The team, comprised of students Justin Ryckman, McKenzie Tate, Vanessa Shaw and alternate Emma Hosman, participated in the American Association of Health Education Case Study competition and was judged on the ability to utilize the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Certified Health Education Specialists (assess, plan, implement, evaluate, administer, serve as a resource and communicate and advocate for health education) to deal with the Alzheimer’s disease.

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Students (left to right) Justin Ryckman, McKenzie Tate and Vanessa Shaw
receive their award from Dr. Caile Spear, AAHE president.

Janice Clark, associate professor of health science, is the sponsor for the group. Additionally, Ryckman, Tate, Shaw and Hosman assisted Clark in her presentation, “Is Your Health Curriculum CHES-Aligned?”

These students applied for the positions on the case study team. To finance the trip, they applied for grant funding from MO-PIP, the Student Senate and the Student Public Health Association.