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Around the Dental Education Community - November 2011

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SNDA Program Exposes Underrepresented Minorities to Career in Dentistry

On October 15, the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) successfully launched the first Mini Impressions Program at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Mini Impressions, an offshoot of the Summer Impressions Program, targets high school students instead of college students, but the goal is the same— to expose underrepresented minorities to a career in dentistry.

“We invited four high school seniors and one junior to the dental school and gave them hands-on experience on a dentoform with waxing instruments and rotary handpieces. We also taught them how to take alginate impressions on each other,” said Ms. Myriam Jourdan, Class of 2013 alumna and SNDA member.

SNDA members from all four dental classes volunteered for the program as did Dr. Abi O. Adewumi, faculty advisor for SNDA.

“Some of our very own alumni came back to support Dr. Latoya Jones, Class of 2010 and Dr. Demetrick Lecorn, Class of 2002. Their support helped make this event a huge success,” said Ms. Christina Monford, Class of 2013 alumna and SNDA member.

The SNDA’s mission promotes and supports a promising academic and social environment to encourage minority dental students.

School of Dentistry Kicks Off “Active for Life” Health and Wellness Program

About 100 students, faculty, and staff at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry have committed to setting fitness and wellness goals by signing up for the American Cancer Society-sponsored Active for Life program. The free, 10-week program asks participants to join a team of colleagues with a common interest in achieving a healthier lifestyle. Teams work together to achieve or surpass their physical activity, healthy eating, and weight loss goals.

Research shows that people who increase their physical activity, improve their diet, and maintain a healthy weight reduce their risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, according to the Active for Life website.

A standing health and wellness committee comprising faculty and staff who promote healthy eating, exercise, and other wellness initiatives. Weekly health-related weekly activities include a boot camp class, a staff-organized San Francisco urban-hill walk, and a farmers’ market visit. The school community can also take advantage of a variety of lunchtime programs throughout the year.

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