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SAHP sponsors Lunch Power series for its students

On a campus where so many hunger and thirst for knowledge, sometimes students are just … well … hungry.

In an effort to quell the physical hunger and thirst—as well the hunger and thirst for knowledge—the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions sponsors Lunch Power, a lunch-time series for SAHP students.

“Lunch Power is designed to meet our students’ physical and spiritual needs,” says Ardis Wazdatskey, MA, portfolio director and assistant professor of research and statistics, School of Allied Health Professions. “I think it provides a sense of community for our students and an opportunity to get to know those in other programs.”

Ms. Wazdatskey is also chair of the SAHP spiritual life and wholeness committee, which is responsible for planning the Lunch Power series, held fall, winter, and spring quarters. Two sessions are available fall and spring quarters beginning at 11:50 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. During winter quarter, Lunch Power is limited to the 11:50 a.m. session.

Students from the SAHP department of nutrition and dietetics prepare lunch under the guidance of department faculty. Between 130 and 140 students are currently attending each week.

“The Lunch Power format consists of inspirational, diversity, and health-related topics, service learning opportunities, student-led talks, and spiritual music,” Ms. Wazdatskey explains.

By Larry Kidder, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, November 2, 2006