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PT Doctoral Student Wins $1,000 Grant

Money Will Support Health Project

Amanda Royce-Tolland, Asst. Prof. of Physical Therapy Deirdra Murphy, and Lauren Mistretta

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Graduate physical therapy student Amanda Royce-Tolland has won the 2009 Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur Award for Campus-community Collaboration.  She will use the $1,000 award to implement a healthy living training program in collaboration with community partners.

Royce-Tolland will work with student Lauren Mistretta, Asst. Prof. of Physical Therapy Deirdra Murphy and the Lowell Community Health Center to develop "Lowell Community in Motion," an hour-long curriculum for community educators on how to integrate physical activity and nutrition into daily lives to fight rising rates of obesity.

“With over half of Massachusetts adults, and one third of middle and high school students overweight or obese, the students address a relevant and important issue that will make an impact in the community,” says Murphy.  “This is an excellent opportunity for students to increase their civic engagement and develop their physical therapy skills, while addressing health and wellness locally.”

The project team will engage in partnerships with local community agencies and faith-based organizations, provide knowledge at an individual level, and create interest to expand the Lowell Community Health Center wellness programs.

The interactive program will offer strategies such as choosing physical activities that you enjoy, teaming up with a friend, and tracking time and progress.

Part of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation, the Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur grants (CASE) are offered to students whose projects represent the most innovative and promising ways to serve the community. The student winners in the United States receive $1,000 to implement their proposal and a certificate of merit bearing the signatures of President and Mrs. Carter.

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