Oct 182012
 

Deep-fried gummy bear, anyone?
How about a fried cinnamon roll with bacon?

If it’s edible, the N.C. State Fair will find a way to fry it. It seems that’s been the tradition. And food gets more outlandish every year. Plenty of pictures of this year’s gut-busting treats can already be seen flying through the social media sphere.

So how can a die-hard fair fan take a better approach to eating? It’s hard to imagine visiting the fair, steeped in its oily glory, without consuming some kind of greasy confection.

One possibility for shaving calories off a trip to the fair is to bring your own snacks. Instead of spending the day eating fried Twinkies and candy in between meals of turkey legs and hot dogs, carry in some healthier snacks for your family to munch on.

It is also possible to scale back the calorie intake while still getting the fair food experience. NC Health News points out there ARE healthier (and still delicious) alternatives to fried cookie dough. These include:

• Popcorn
• Peanuts
• Apples (even the caramel kind)
• Kabobs
• Roasted corn
• Apple cider

The primary point is this: Food closest to its natural state is going to be better for you. Anything that’s a fruit or vegetable is going to be better than something made up entirely of flour or sugar.

If you can’t resist the pull of a fried Twinkie, don’t beat yourself up. Make it a rare indulgence or split a treat with a friend. If you can find something better for you at the fair, finding healthier options every day may not seem as difficult.

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Oct 162012
 

One of the strategies to reduce the nursing shortage and the impact the shortage will have on patient care is to prepare more masters and PhD nursing graduates who are qualified to teach in colleges in universities. Without new faculty to replace retiring faculty, it will be impossible to graduate enough new nurses to fill positions as older nurses retire. The average nurse is over 48 years old and retirement is just around the corner for many.

ECU’s PhD in Nursing Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and the celebration is more about the success of our students than the longevity of the program. There have been 19 graduates from the program since it began in 2002.

The doctor of philosophy degree in the College of Nursing is a research degree that prepares nurses to serve as leaders, researchers and educators. Our PhD graduates hold positions as chief nursing officers of hospitals, leaders of research projects, and faculty at universities. There are 29 students currently enrolled in the PhD in Nursing Program.

The program’s history includes leadership by nursing experts such as Dr. Judy Bernhardt, Dr. Therese Lawler, and Dr. Martha Alligood. The current program director is Dr. Marie Pokorny. For more information about the PhD in Nursing Program, contact Dr. Pokorny at pokornym@ecu.edu.

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, PhD
Dean, ECU College of Nursing

 

Oct 122012
 

Ross Hall, home of the School of Dental Medicine at ECU. Photo by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.

Today, East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine will roll out the welcome mat to the new Ledyard E. Ross Hall at a dedication ceremony on the health sciences campus. Students, faculty, staff and the public will celebrate and tour the 188,000-square-foot school beginning at 2 p.m.

The state-of-the-art facility is named for its benefactor and retired Greenville orthodontist Dr. Ledyard E. Ross, class of ’51. It includes 133 operatories, large “smart classroom” learning halls, faculty offices, seminar rooms and a simulation suite, where dental students can practice and perfect hand-skills.

The school welcomed its inaugural class of 52 pre-doctoral students in August 2011 and its second class of 52 students just two months ago. Until now, dental students have been sharing learning space at the Brody Medical Sciences Building.

While students and faculty are thrilled to move into their new home, Ross Hall serves a dual purpose. In addition to educating students, there are plans to provide reduced-fee dental care for low-income patients. The facility will house specialty suites, including pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, special needs and a clinical research area.

The dental school is dedicated to preparing world-class dentists committed to serving the needs of vulnerable North Carolinians. North Carolina averages three dentists per 10,000 people; this is half the national ratio.

In June, the school opened the first of 10 planned community service learning centers to reach rural, underserved populations. Residents and a supervising dentist are already caring for patients at the Ahoskie center.

Oct 092012
 

ECU Division of Health Sciences students and faculty know the saying well:  “See One – Do One – Teach One.”

This medical adage refers to how physicians typically see a procedure demonstrated, perform the procedure and then teach the procedure to a colleague. Laupus Library provides the Health Sciences community with exclusive access to a new online resource that allows them to see, do and teach – from the convenience of their handheld and tablet devices

Procedures Consult is an online procedure reference tool that provides in-depth detail on how to prepare for, perform, and follow up on some of the most common procedures required in today’s hospital settings. Offering high-quality illustrations and multi-media for each procedure, the new tool provides users with time-effective, self-directed procedures training that can be stored and accessed any time on any iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch device.

This app will greatly benefit the many on-the-go members of our Health Sciences community, and is another example of how Laupus continues providing our students and faculty with resources that bring the library to them. But while the easy accessibility and convenience of Procedures Consult is certainly beneficial, make no mistake: this app is no short-cut substitute for the classroom.

In fact, Physicians Consult might actually provide students with improved access and exposure to clinical training than they may receive in a traditional educational setting. Because “real life” procedure demonstrations can only be performed when patients are available, students have limited opportunities to view procedures first-hand. Physicians Consult, however, provides users with detailed, unlimited viewing access to expert procedures, meaning students can view procedures as many times as needed before feeling comfortable performing or teaching the procedure themselves.

To learn about how this exciting new tool can help Health Sciences students and faculty see, do and teach on-the-go, visit: http://www.ecu.edu/laupuslibrary/research/askalibrarian.cfm

–Dr. Dorothy A. Spencer
Director, Laupus Library

Oct 052012
 

A participant kayaks at last year’s Health Fitness Walk.

Bring your tennis shoes to work Wednesday, Oct. 17, because the Brody School of Medicine is ready to help you get healthy!

The ECU Staff Senate is sponsoring the annual Health Fitness Walk from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Lake Laupus on west campus.

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows state obesity rates remain high. The South had the highest prevalence of obesity at 29.5 percent, followed by the Midwest at 29 percent, the Northeast at 25.3 percent and the West at 24.3 percent. North Carolina ranks as the 17th most obese state in the nation. Staying active with a midday walk is a great way to reduce stress, keep off extra pounds and change statistics. For more information on the report, go to http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html#Prevalence

We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to walk and try Zumba, yoga or kayaking, and learn more ways to stay healthy and fit.

While you’re there, grab a free smoothie from Sheetz and taste healthy food samples from Rock Springs Center and ECU Campus Dining. The ECU Pharmacy will have one of their legendary “$1 Day Sales.” Blood pressure screenings will be offered by ECU Physicians and the ECU College of Nursing. And Dr. Kathryn Kolasa, ECU dietitian and local columnist, will be showing participants the correct way to read caloric information on labels.

The Student Recreational Center, ECU Bike Share and Friends of the Greenville Greenway will have bikes and maps so you can take a spin on our beautiful campus. They will also help you plan a wonderful bike ride on our community greenways!

Other organizations will include Rum Runner Dive Shop, ECU Bariatric Surgery, the East Carolina Heart Institute, the Advisory Council Team for Wellness Education Leadership, the Psychological Assessment and Specialty Service Clinic, ECU Thai Chi Club, and the Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center.

Make sure you visit all of the tables to register for great door prizes. This is a university-sponsored floating event and all ECU employees are encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

Marsha Hall
Chair, ECU Staff Senate, Rewards & Recognition Committee