Young Iowans who are new to this country will live healthier lives under an effort being launched at the University of Northern Iowa. The project is called the New Iowan Healthy Youth Initiative. Stacy Van Gorp, associate director of the U-N-I Global Health Corps, explains that college students enrolled in the Health Corps will go to Cedar Falls/Waterloo area high schools to train diverse teenagers as peer health educators. Those high schoolers will then go into middle and elementary schools to provide health education to other recent immigrants and refugees. She says the program targets new Iowans.Van Gorp says topics will include dental hygiene, drug abuse, injury prevention and nutrition. She says project guidelines will be put on a website so other Iowa communities with growing populations of Latinos, Bosnians and other newcomers can copy it.
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