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AMA Medical Students Hold Week of Wellness April 2-8

For immediate release:
April 2, 2012

Medical students promote healthy behaviors across the country

CHICAGO American Medical Association (AMA) medical students today announced the start to the third annual “Week of Wellness,” focusing on the AMA Healthier Life Steps Program™

“The AMA is encouraged that medical students across the country are taking such an active role in the promotion of healthy behaviors in their communities,” said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. “Medical students represent the future of medicine, and their commitment to improving public health will benefit the health and well-being of their future patients.”

During the “Week of Wellness,” AMA medical students in chapters throughout the nation will implement projects and hold events aimed at promoting the four key health behaviors targeted by the AMA Healthier Life Steps Program™: healthy diet, increasing physical activity, reducing risky alcohol consumption and quitting smoking.

A sampling of “Week of Wellness” activities includes:

  • Zumba and bootcamp fitness classes, a healthy food exposition and an HIV/AIDS panel will be held by medical students at Meharry Medical College in Nashville to promote overall health. Proceeds collected at the event will benefit an elementary school program which teaches kids about the importance of physical activity.
  • A week of events to promote healthy lifestyles is planned at Southern Illinois University in Springfield. Activities include the creation of a garden at an elementary school, healthy cooking demonstrations and a 5K run featuring an educational booth to teach participants about healthy eating and proper hydration after exercise.

For more information about the AMA medical student “Week of Wellness,” visit www.ama-assn.org/go/nsp. For more information about the AMA Healthier Life Steps Program™, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/healthierlifesteps.

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Contact:

Shannon O'Brien
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
Shannon.Obrien@ama-assn.org

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