USD Hosts “Rock to Your Health Fair” for Local Middle School Students

Students from Nativity Prep Academy can learn about health and wellness at the first “Rock to Your Health Fair” at the University of San Diego on Friday, Oct. 21. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn of USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. 

The fair, sponsored by USD nursing students, will give students from  Nativity Prep the opportunity to learn about health, nutrition, fitness and other issues. Representatives from the American Dental Society, Institute for Health Improvement/American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Red Cross, the California Women, Infants and Children Program, Mid-Cities for Youth and other groups will participate. Teen bands from the ARTS (A Reason to Survive) organization will provide live music for the event. About 70 students from the school are expected to attend.

Nativity Prep provides a college preparatory, middle school education to low-income students from southeast San Diego. Graduates have gone on to some of the leading high schools and colleges  and universities in California and the nation. “These students are a pleasure to work with and eager to learn but many of them haven’t had opportunities to learn about health and wellness,” said USD nursing student Mario Cendan. “We hope this festival provides a  fun, positive atmosphere where students will be motivated to learn and take charge of their health.”

Students will also participate in games including football and bean bag tosses, hula hoops and soccer-kick competitions and there will be an arts and crafts table where they can decorate their own “Rock to Your Health” t-shirts. 

Cendan is a member of USD’s 2012 Masters Entry Program in Nursing class that is sponsoring the event. “This is an exciting opportunity to take our education out of the classroom and into the community,” he said. The masters entry program is for professionals with degrees in other subjects seeking a new career in nursing. Under the 21-month program, students are eligible to take the registered nursing exam and receive a master’s degree in clinical nursing. Since the program began in 2002, some 300 students have graduated and gone on to new careers in nursing.

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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.