August 6, 2008

Regina Davis, a Ph.D. student in Family Science's Maternal and Child Health program, was recently awarded a 2008-2009 Tylenol Scholarship. This scholarship program, now in its 16th year, presents scholarships to university students who are pursuing health-related careers and who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and outstanding leadership of community and school activities. Regina is now serving as the program manager for the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Foundation's Health Education and Active Learning (H.E.A.L.) Academy, which will launch an after-school health education program for African-American girls in Baltimore's Park Heights community this fall. A partnership of BET and the Aetna Foundation, this multi-level, interactive intervention will teach girls ages 10-18 to make healthy lifestyle choices and empower them to become active health advocates for policy changes in their schools, neighborhoods, and families. The program will include comprehensive physical activity and nutrition education sessions, an innovative educational web site, local obesity prevention public service announcements, and activities for advocating change in public policy.

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