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College of Education Assistant Professor Elizabeth Fettrow-Whitney, Ph.D., and College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment Senior Extension Specialist Nicole Peritore, M.S recently received a $159,586 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food & Agriculture, for their K – 8 Health Education curriculum & professional development project.  The overall goal of the project is to equip students in grades K – 8 with the knowledge and tools that will benefit their mental and physical health, and ultimately lead to reductions in the prevalence of risk behaviors related to poor mental and physical health outcomes among children in this age group.  The project will consist of the development of standards-based health education curricula in two content strands, mental health & alcohol/tobacco/other drug use prevention, for use by K – 8 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) teachers.

Dr. Fettrow-Whitney is a third year Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion.  She teaches undergraduate courses in health education (teacher education) and health promotion, including KHP 380:  Health in the Elementary School, KHP 330: Planning & Implementing School Health Programs, and KHP 270:  Introduction to Health Education & Health Promotion.  She also supervises health education student teachers.  Nicole Peritore is Senior Extension Specialist in the Family & Consumer Science (FCS) Extension, the primary outreach arm of the School of Human Environmental Sciences.  In her role, she provides research and evidence-based programming for various health topics to FCS agents in all 120 counties in Kentucky.

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