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PR class to assist with national public health campaign.

Seafood Nutrition Partnership

An Eastern Kentucky University Public Relations & Health class will be working with the Lexington field team of the national nonprofit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) this semester as part of a class project. Guided by Kathy Previs, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication/Public Relations, students will spread the public health education message of the nutritional benefits of a seafood-rich diet among their classmates, friends and families.

As part of the project, the class will participate in EKU’s annual health fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Powell Building on campus. They will collect signatures of people taking the Healthy Heart Pledge, and distribute educational information, seafood recipes and free samples of canned tuna.

People taking the pledge are encouraged to share it on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #Seafood2xWkLEX.

“The USDA dietary guidelines recommend eating seafood twice a week for optimal health, yet only one in 10 Americans follow this advice,” said Previs. “We hope to inspire a healthier student body, and a healthier Kentucky, by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood.”The Lexington/Richmond area is one of eight U.S. cities targeted by SNP due to their high rates of cardiovascular disease. 

Seafood is a nutritious food choice for people of all ages, providing key nutrients for infants and children. It is a good source of lean protein and the main source of the Omega-3 acids that promote healthy development in children and help build muscles and tissues. Seafood also reduces the risk of heart disease in adults. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recommend eating fish at least twice a week to lower the risk of death from coronary artery disease.

To learn more and take the Healthy Heart Pledge, visit www.seafoodnutrition.org/healthy-heart-pledge.

About the Seafood Nutrition Partnership

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood. Through its education efforts, the organization aims to help Americans gain the skills to select, order, and prepare fish and shellfish, and to inspire a healthier America by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood. SNP is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and NCD Roundtable. For more information, visit: www.seafoodnutrition.org

Published on March 21, 2016

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