Quinnipiac University and ACES Mill Road School celebrated a sixth year of collaboration with a reading and health fair on April 26 at the North Haven K-8 school. Fifty-eight physician assistant students in Quinnipiac's School of Health Sciences have spent the academic year working with the school students to improve literacy, fitness, and nutritional awareness. Each of the school's approximately 175 students received a new book, toothpaste, deodorant, a tooth brush, and healthy snacks while competing in fitness and related trivia challenges at the fair.
The Quinnipiac physician assistant students read to the ACES Mill Road students twice each week during the academic year. In addition, the graduate students work with the children to help them develop healthier eating habits by assessing their lunches using the Nutrition Detective Program, which teaches them how to read food labels and detecting marketing deceptions while learning to identify and choose health foods.