Service Learning with MANNA
As part of the integrated medicine course, students learn the medical benefits of therapeutic nutrition through a service learning experience at Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) in Philadelphia. MANNA is a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers nutritious, medically modified meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease, and HIV/AIDS. Students, along with PA faculty and staff volunteer in the preparation, packaging and delivery of healthy meals to area residents with chronic illness. Through the experience, students gain an understanding of health promotion through nutrition and the benefits of contributing as part of a team in service to others.
PA Olympics is a philanthropic event held each year by Philadelphia area PA programs and provides an opportunity for students from the representative programs to collectively raise funds for a selected charity. Two student representatives from each program suggest a charity to support, which is then voted on. For the last few years the PA Olympics event has been a scavenger hunt around Center City Philadelphia, where the PA programs race against each other to complete challenges to obtain the clue for the next location in the race.
Class of 2024
The Class of 2024 participated in the PA Olympics in April with students from eleven other Philadelphia area PA programs, raising money for The Block Gives Back, a non-profit organization that promotes community involvement and engagement throughout Philadelphia by targeting issues to address community needs.
Class of 2023
The Class of 2023 participated in the PA Olympics in April with students from eight other Philadelphia area PA programs, raising money for METAvivor, a non-profit organization focused on increasing awareness of advanced breast cancer and equity in research and patient support.
Class of 2022
The Class of 2022 participated in the PA Olympics in April along with fellow students and faculty from six other Philadelphia area PA programs. The charity this year was the The Krueger Hat Trick Foundation, a non-profit organization whole-heartedly devoted to providing financial aid and hope for families inflicted by congenital heart defects/disease.
Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 participated in the PA Olympics in April along with fellow students and faculty from six other Philadelphia area PA programs. The charity this year was the IM ABLE Foundation, whose mission is to remove obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active by providing grants, resources, fitness opportunities and motivation.
Class of 2019
The Salus University PA Class of 2019 joined in fundraising efforts with students from six local PA Programs as part of the Annual PA Olympics held in April, 2018. Collectively, participating students raised $24,500 in support of this year's chosen charity, Miracle League of Northampton Township. Miracle League is dedicated to the construction of integrative recreational facilities accessible to children with all levels of ability.