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Innovative Injury and Violence Prevention Award

The Old Dominion University School of Nursing Obesity and Injury Prevention Community Health Groups for the 2011-2012 academic year have received an Innovative Injury and Violence Prevention Award from the Virginia Department of Health (June, 2012). The award reflects the interventions completed in collaboration with ForKids, an organization in Norfolk, VA, whose mission it is to “break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children.”

The obesity prevention group presented five sessions from the federally based “Bodyworks” program to both emergency and transitional house residents showing ways to create a healthier lifestyle for the parents and children.

The injury prevention group presented sessions on poison safety, the importance of immunizations for adults and children, motor vehicle safety, and “Dr. No Dr.” (appropriate use of the emergency room for health care).