National Public Health Week (April 6-12) 2015 activities at FIU included students in Professor William Darrow‘s program evaluation class presenting information about food insecurity and where to find healthy food items on campus. The event, “Are You Hungry?” was described on pages 23 and 24 of the July 2015 issue of The Nation’s Health, the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association. Also, on page 22, the nine students from the Department of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, who planned, conducted, and evaluated the event as part of class competency requirements were featured.
“Are You Hungry” was held during National Public Health Week to reach FIU’s diverse student population and educate them about the extent of the problem and how to identify and find healthy foods on campus. The event ran from 2:00 until 4:00 PM on April 8, 2015, in the Graham Center at the Modesto Maidique Campus. MPH students enrolled in a required course that assesses 13 competencies recruited participants to walk through a three-board exhibit as information about hunger and healthy eating at FIU was presented.
Participants were provided with brief pre- and post-test questionnaires designed to gauge their knowledge of food insecurity, location of available resources, and the availability of healthy eating options on campus. One of the objectives was to reach 60 students and collect 40 completed surveys. The event reached approximately 70 participants and collected 63 completed pre- and post-test questionnaires. Participants took an average of seven to eight minutes to complete their visit, from filling out the pre-test form, through stops at each of the three science boards, to finishing the post-test questionnaire.