Rochester Institute of Technology today announced plans for a new school of health and nutrition, charged with educating students on the role of nutrition, exercise and behavior modification in promoting healthy lifestyles. The Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, part of RIT's College of Health Sciences and Technology, will be launched with a $6 million gift from The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation.
"We are greatly appreciative for The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation's gift, and their support for RIT's vision for this school," said RIT President Bill Destler. "Through its educational and research programs, the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition will have tremendous potential for changing the current health climate throughout the entire country."
The current health climate has many experts sounding the alarm. People are living longer but in chronic poor health, with high rates of obesity, diabetes, damaging cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Inactivity and poor eating choices are often at the root, and the economic ramifications of poor health can be steep.
"The Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition will focus and extend the college's strengths and potential," said Dr. Daniel Ornt, RIT dean of the College of Health Sciences and Technology and vice president of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology. "The research findings our students and faculty produce stand to a have real impact in addressing a national health issue, while giving our students a professional edge."
The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation, headquartered in Rochester, has a history of supporting community programs in the areas of education, health and wellness, and workforce development.
"RIT has a track record of thought leadership in our community, along with a proven ability to apply scientific concepts in a practical way," said Danny Wegman, The Foundation's president and chairman of the board. "We are confident
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