School of Allied Health Professions

Study findings show lifestyle change lowers blood pressure

Rural Nebraska women, ages 40-69, with prehypertension (high normal blood pressure) were able to achieve reductions in blood pressure and attain normotensive blood pressure (< 120/80 mm Hg) following a distance delivered (web-based or print-mailed)  healthy eating and activity intervention, according to the recently published paper by Patricia Hageman, Carol Pullen, and colleagues in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

This paper describes the main effects of a six year NIH funded study conducted by the interprofessional team from the School of Allied Health Professions, UNMC College of Nursing, and University of Nebraska Lincoln Nutrition and Health Sciences.  Complete study.

Alum hired as PT clin ed director

Nikki SleddensNikki Sleddens, PT, MPT, CEEAA, is the new director of clinical education for our physical therapy program. She graduated from the UNMC PT Program in 1995. Since graduating, Nikki has worked in a variety of clinical settings with the majority of her clinical work being with geriatric clients in the inpatient and home health setting. She made the transition from clinical practice to the education setting in 2009 when she became the academic coordinator of clinical education and program instructor, and eventually the program chair, for a PTA program.

More about Nikki in her own words:

“My husband Jeff and I live in Lincoln. We have been blessed with two children, two dogs and many friends and family in the area. My son recently graduated from high school and is currently attending college at UNL. He is majoring in computer science and is happy to have the first semester of his freshman year completed! My daughter is in eighth grade. She is very involved in band, choir, theater, and speech. All of these activities tend to keep us pretty busy, but in my spare time, I enjoy my morning workout sessions either at the gym or running with my friends, cooking, reading, playing golf, and going to movies.”

PT Student, first-ever UNMC recipient of the Midwest Deans Legacy Scholarship

Anne WoodruffThird-year physical therapy student, Anne Woodruff, is the recipient of the Midwest Deans 2014 Legacy Scholarship. She is the first-ever recipient from UNMC!

This scholarship program was established to honor the legacies of current and former deans and directors of the Midwest Association of Allied Health Deans of Academic Health Centers. The scholarship is awarded to students with at least one term or semester remaining in their professional area of study who possess professional and interpersonal qualities that indicate they are likely to establish their own legacies of excellence in service, teaching, and/or research in the allied health professions.

Only two of these scholarships are awarded each year, are restricted to member institutions of the Midwest Association (of which there are 18 universities), and are limited to one per institution. Criteria for selection include involvement in service and interprofessional activities, as well as demonstrated leadership.