Local Students to Get Dose of Health Care Experience with Moffitt Healthy KIDZ

June 22, 2017

Media Alert  


Lisa Chillura


Local Students to Get Dose of Health Care Experience with Moffitt Healthy KIDZ 

WHO:             Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, will host middle and high school students from the B.E.S.T. (Brain Expansions Scholastic Training) Program for a Moffitt Healthy KIDZ assembly. The B.E.S.T. Program was founded by internist/pediatrician Dexter Frederick. 

WHAT:          The Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Program offers innovative health education for students from elementary school to college guided by the philosophy that prevention starts early. Moffitt Healthy KIDZ teaches students about the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and the dangers of smoking. 

“These students are youth who are eagerly pursuing a career in health care and use a portion of their summer to advance their knowledge and get a head start,” said Nikki Ross-Inda, community relations coordinator at Moffitt. 

B.E.S.T. Program students will experience STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) careers firsthand with Moffitt Healthy KIDZ. Speakers will not only share their expertise, but also why they chose a career in medicine, specifically in oncology.                                   

  • B. Lee Green, Ph.D., vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications, will kick off the event. Caring for his grandmother, who had both legs amputated from diabetes, motivated him to research health disparities.
  • Students will get up close and personal with research labs, clinics, the Arts In Medicine studio and other areas of the cancer center. They’ll also see a demonstration in Shibashi, 18 healing movements that correspond to a guided visualization set to music.
  • Did you know treating cancer is a lot like playing Angry Birds? Heiko Enderling, Ph.D., will show the link between math and cancer.
  • Teamwork is critical at Moffitt. Ricardo Gonzalez, M.D., and physician assistant Nora Watson will tag team on how they work together in the Sarcoma Department.

The program will also feature a winner of the Healthy KIDZ STEAM Role Model Award. Sarah Jennewein was unable to attend the June 9 event. She will be honored and presented a $1,000 scholarship to help support her as she begins her freshmen year at Dartmouth College this fall. 

*Lunch will be provided. 

WHEN:          Thursday, June 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

WHERE:       Moffitt Cancer Center
                     Stabile Research Building, David Murphey Conference Room
                    12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa FL 33612 

CONTACT:  For information on the Healthy KIDZ Program, email Nikki.Inda@Moffitt.org

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 48 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube