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Nursing Students Produce Public Service Announcements

By Jennifer Nachbur Article published December 6, 2006

Nursing students from the Class of 2008 took on the role of film producer in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles in the region through a series of 30-second health promotion public service announcements (PSAs), which began airing on Burlington public access television station RETN Channel 16 on Dec. 4.

The 15 PSAs are part of coursework for their health promotion class with Hendrika Maltby, associate professor of nursing. The spots feature photos of students and community members and are designed to build awareness and promote prevention for a variety of health-related issues, including colon cancer, breast cancer, women's and men's heart disease, adolescent smoking, as well as making healthy life choices and keeping children safe in public and online.

Maltby and the students plan to distribute the PSAs, following their premier on RETN to a variety of television stations around the state in hopes of getting them aired. The PSAs on RETN Channel 16 can be seen on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 12:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.