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Spreading Healthy Holiday Cheer

Spreading Healthy Holiday Cheer

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A team from the UCF College of Medicine helped extend healthy holiday cheer December 15 by preparing a holiday feast for residents of Magnolia Pointe Apartments in West Orlando.

Thanks to the generosity of Publix, College of Medicine Café Chef Waldren Kelly prepared pork, chicken, beef, potatoes, rolls and vegetables to residents in need.

Dr. Judith Simms-Cendan, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology,  spoke to residents about wellness and distributed a health care record emergency form she created to help residents communicate with providers in case of an emergency. The firm, found HERE provides information on family members who should be contacted, medicines the person takes, whether they wear glasses or hearing aids, and previous medical issues.

Dr. Juan Cendan, assistant dean for simulation and a surgeon by training, impressed the crowd with his knife skills as he sliced and served dessert. The Cendans’ youngest son, Ben, also volunteered at the holiday celebration, as did third-year medical student Pouya Ameli. A guest at the event was former Miss America and Miss Florida Erika Dunlap, who is working with Chef Waldren on a variety of service projects in the West Orlando community.

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