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By: Jennifer M. Spisak, MHA, PA-S
Student Government Vice President
Touro College School of Health Sciences
Manhattan Campus Physician Assistant Program

"If we are not for ourselves, who will be? If we are concerned only with ourselves, what are we?" This seminal teaching from the Ethics of the Fathers shapes the core values of Touro College, as expressed in its mission statement. In keeping with the spirit of Touro's mission, the Touro College Manhattan Campus Physician Assistant Program is actively striving to contribute to the community through involvement with Project Aspire, a health initiative of the Children's Health Education Foundation of Touro College. Project Aspire teaches elementary school students about the importance of exercise, nutrition, and education as the building blocks of a healthy life.

In February, through Project Aspire four members of our 2013 PA class took part in school day activities at PS 197 in Harlem. We joined in classes where students learned about the food pyramid through art and which promoted exercising in gym class. Additionally, we participated in Scrubs Club, a component of Project Aspire focused on third graders which presents guest speakers and leads field trips. Our PA program is organizing a field trip to Touro for the Scrubs Club to inspire students to pursue careers in health care.

Our goal that February day was to teach and motivate young students, but they inspired us far more than we ever expected. We are so grateful to be a part of Project Aspire and look forward to our collaboration in the future!

PA students with Project Aspire