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SUNY Canton to Host Dining and Health Awareness Showcase Sept. 18

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The SUNY Canton College Association Dining Services Inc. and Davis Health Center will hold an event to promote healthy lifestyles from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Chaney Dining Center.

The showcase will put diners in touch with the people responsible for growing or producing the raw ingredients of some of the dining options on campus. Most menu items served during the event will be grown, purchased or produced in the North Country.

There will also be a mini health fair where Physical Therapy students will be performing mini massages, Nursing students will be testing blood pressure, and Claxton Hepburn Medical Center will be holding blood sugar and cholesterol screenings. A registered dietician will also be on hand to discuss nutrition.

“We are holding this event to educate our students on where and why we purchase locally grown foods,” Assistant Dining Center Manager Jason Bartholomew said. “It provides a fantastic opportunity for our growers to explain what goes into producing their food items.”

The cost for the public is $10.00 per person at this special event. Regular charges will apply for students, and they can use their meal plans to participate.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton Going Tobacco-Free in 2013

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Hop the HabitSUNY Canton will soon join the growing list of U.S. colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy as the College continues its efforts to provide a healthy environment for its students and employees.

Becoming a tobacco-free campus will have a positive impact in many ways and will enhance community life, improve productivity through better health and possibly decrease health care costs,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Smoking has been prohibited in buildings and entryways for many years on our campus, so extending the ban to campus grounds and including all tobacco and smoking products is a natural progression for the College.”

Over the next three semesters, the College will implement an informational campaign to educate the community on the policy, which will be implemented in phases with full enforcement to begin in the Spring 2013 semester.

“This initiative was an idea brought forward by both students and employees,” Kennedy noted. “Most people understand the health advantages of implementing such a policy and I also hope to see less campus litter related to tobacco products.”

Kennedy appointed a committee to determine the College’s readiness to adopt a tobacco-free policy and to gauge public opinion. Committee members met to discuss the current SUNY Canton tobacco policies and potential changes during this planning and assessment period. Earlier this year, an internal campus survey was completed to garner further information from the campus community.

Kennedy is hopeful other colleges and universities will follow in the College’s footsteps. “SUNY Canton is among the first colleges within the SUNY system to implement this policy. We hope to lead by example and have other schools take similar actions on their campuses as it provides a healthier learning and work environment for everyone. It’s very similar to the tobacco policies already in place in public school districts,” he said.

The College will establish a series of programs to assist those who wish to break tobacco addictions between now and the implementation date. In Spring 2013, full compliance will be expected of all students and employees, according to Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Academic Services Molly Mott.

“The Roos House and surrounding athletic fields have already become tobacco-free areas,” Mott said. “Members of our campus community who use tobacco products are encouraged to begin taking steps to break those addictions so they will be able to comfortably comply with the policy when it goes into effect. Those who find compliance to be difficult should reach out and ask for help — either through the Health Services Center or the Division of Student Affairs.”

The Health Services staff will be on hand to assist anyone interested in making the decision to quit their use of tobacco products.

“Research tells us over 70% of tobacco users want to quit,” says SUNY Canton Health Services Nurse Julie A. Cruickshank. “We will provide all possible assistance as we move through the next three semesters and beyond. The development of effective support networks is critical in maximizing the potential of this policy. The great thing about this is everyone on campus will benefit greatly from its implementation.”

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF), there are smoke-free colleges and universities in virtually every state. Arkansas and Iowa have instituted statewide bans at all their public colleges and universities. Other examples include the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan, the University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University and the University of North Dakota. Well over 300 colleges and universities across the country have adopted tobacco-free policies.

Additionally, the American College Health Association (ACHA) issued a September 2009 “no tobacco policy” position statement encouraging colleges and universities nationwide “to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100 percent indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment.”

More information about SUNY Canton’s policy will be available in the coming months and will include background on issues related to tobacco use, links to useful resources and a Frequently Asked Questions section. The information will be found on the College’s website, www.canton.edu.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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Community Agencies Visit Campus to Promote Wellness, March 30

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The SUNY Canton Davis Health Center has invited more than 25 area agencies to help promote a healthy lifestyle for the College and community.

Each agency will be providing free health screenings or education at the College’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural gym. The event is free and open to the public.

Among the services offered at the Health Fair will be:

  • Blood pressure testing
  • Glucose testing and diabetes education
  • Cholesterol testing
  • Bone density screenings
  • Pulmonary Function testing
  • Tobacco cessation services
  • Weight loss support
  • Overall health screenings

There will also be a special presentation on using guided imagery to relax at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suite room 218 led by Kathy Montan, a body-centered expressive therapist.

Among the agencies represented at the fair will be representatives from the Renewal House, Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York, North Country Children’s Clinic, St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Stop DWI program, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Seaway Valley Prevention Council, TOPS, Inc., Rochester Eye and Tissue Bank, AIDS Community Resources, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, St. Lawrence County Tobacco Free Community Partnership, and the SUNY Employee Assistance Program.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center at 386-7333 or email cruickshankj@canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton’s Davis Health Center Receives Accreditation

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The Davis Health Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association).

The Health Center, located on the first floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, achieved the accreditation by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to its patients.

Accreditation in this arena is completely voluntary, and not mandated or stipulated by any governing agency. The Health Center staff filed for the accreditation on their own in order to further demonstrate their effectiveness.

“Our patients deserve the best,” said Patricia A. Todd, director of health services at the College. “We sought the accreditation from an independent, not for profit organization to help us show everyone that we strive for and provide the highest level of care possible.”

Organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the Accreditation Association’s expert surveyors, including volunteer physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory healthcare. The survey is consultative and educational; presenting ways to help and organization improve its care and services. “Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients,” Todd said.

The Health Center is a resource for students on campus, providing education on healthy lifestyle habits in addition to offering in-clinic health services. Health Center staff recently began converting to an electronic system for maintaining medical records, allowing them to reduce paper waste and increase efficiency, according to Todd.

The Davis Center has six staff members and sees more than 4,000 visits annually. The main phone number is (315) 386-7333 and students can ask questions anytime by emailing askanurse@canton.edu.

AAAHC accreditation is specifically for organizations that provide diagnostic or medical care on an outpatient basis- where an overnight stay would not be required. Among the types of health care organizations that can seek AAAHC are ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, single and multi-specialty group practices, college health centers, dental group practices, community health centers, occupational health centers, and managed care organizations.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Wellness Health Fair, March 18

Monday, March 16th, 2009

rod_of_asclepiusMore than 15 community agencies will be joining together at the SUNY Canton Wellness Health Fair on March 18.

SUNY Canton’s Davis Health Center is sponsoring the Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites.

The college is holding the fair to educate students and North Country residents about healthy lifestyles and preventative measures. More than 15 representatives from area health care agencies will be on hand to demonstrate successful habits for a better, healthier life.

Free services include:

  • Blood sugar testing
  • Cholesterol testing
  • Blood pressure check-ups
  • Body fat testing
  • Nicotine cessation support

The Mobile Mammography unit from Canton-Potsdam Hospital will also be on campus for the day.

The Dental Hygiene program and the Lambda Eta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at SUNY Canton will also be helping with the event.

Contributing organizations include United Helpers, Natural Way, Nature’s Storehouse, North Country Adolescent Outreach, Renewal House, CAVA, Alzheimer’s Association, Planned Parenthood, Seaway Valley Prevention Council, Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country, North Country Children’s Clinic, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, St. Lawrence County Stop DWI and Traffic Safety, and the Rochester Eye and Tissue Bank.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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