Dr. Susan Lynch Meets with PSU Officials on Health, Wellness and Educational Initiatives

February 17th, 2010 by Adam

New Hampshire’s First Lady, Dr. Susan Lynch, visited Plymouth State University Feb. 11 to discuss the University’s health and educational initiatives. As New Hampshire’s first lady, Dr. Lynch has been an effective advocate for preventative health care for children, encouraging healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Lynch met with PSU faculty and administration, who presented some of the University’s initiatives on behalf of New Hampshire, including those in early childhood education, health and wellness, the White Mountains Institute, the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities, and the ALLWell Center. Lynch said PSU’s plans are very impressive and she wholeheartedly supports the institution’s initiatives.

“It’s so wonderful, so well-thought out. Everything is very, very exciting,” said Dr. Lynch. “It’s a new model for living. Education, wellness, learning about our culture and history — this plan encompasses all of that.”

Susan Lynch Visits PSU
N.H.’s First Lady, Dr. Susan Lynch, meets with PSU officials to discuss education and wellness initiatives at PSU.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Dr. Lynch’s commitment to early childhood health care and education work in tandem with the University’s initiatives.

“Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university, and we are working on behalf of New Hampshire and our region,” Steen said.

Plymouth State University’s presentation to Dr. Lynch included these items of interest:

• The Ice Arena and Welcome Center is the first of a five-phase plan to construct PSU’s new ALLWell Center (Active Living, Learning, and Wellness). Future phases of the ALLWell Center will house first-rate classrooms, research laboratories, and general support areas for academic and athletic programs. A new field house will provide additional instructional space. An aquatic center will enhance capacity for instruction, community programming, and serve as a qualified competition venue. The gymnasium will house instructional and laboratory facilities, an athletic training suite, and strength and conditioning centers for students and the community.

• Early Childhood Development Initiative – Plymouth State University with funds from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is engaged in a project to enhance training and education for early childhood teachers, which will mean more high quality learning experiences for children. Other initiatives are occurring across the state, in rural and urban areas.

• Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities – Students and faculty are conducting research on health and wellness in rural areas, to determine the opportunities for and obstacles to healthy outdoor living in the community. The Center is partnering with area community organizations to improve active healthy lifestyles.

•White Mountains Institute – The institute will celebrate the White Mountains region, its history and culture, its opportunities. There are classes planned in areas from environmental studies to historic preservation. As the only graduate research institution in the region, PSU will house a Museum of the White Mountains with archives available on site and digitally.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu</a