Creighton Heart Education Center Receives Award
The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADA/DC) of Nebraska awarded the Creighton Heart Education Center (CHEC) at the Creighton Cardiac Center with the 2005 Leadership in Nutrition Education Award.
The award is presented annually to recognize an individual or organization for their unique contributions to nutrition education in Nebraska. The award was presented to Theola Cooper, CHEC program coordinator, and Joni Pagenkemper, CHEC program dietitian, at the ADA/DC of Nebraska’s Annual Meeting on Feb. 21 in Omaha.
The CHEC program was established in 2002 with a contract through the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to address cardiovascular disease in Omaha’s African American community. Nutrition education is one of the core components of the CHEC program, which includes free services such as cooking schools and shopping tours, which are both led by a registered dietitian and teach attendees about heart healthy cooking and how to make healthy food choices.
The CHEC program partnered with the ADA/DC of Nebraska following the 2004 release of the National Medical Association’s (NMA) Consensus statement regarding the role of dairy and dairy nutrients in the diet of African Americans. The NMA, the largest African American physicians group in the U.S., encourages African Americans to consume 3-4 servings of dairy each day to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease.