Christine Ahmed named Health Educator of Year

Christine Ahmed named Health Educator of Year University of South Dakota Professor Christine Ahmed was presented the Health Educator of the Year award by the Central District American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Association (AAHPERD).

This year's conference was held on Feb. 10, in Des Moines, IA.

The AAHPERD began giving the awards in 1954, to recognize fellow AAHPERD members for outstanding service. Recipients of the award are selected by the District Recognition Committee, composed of one member from each of the nine states and a non-voting chairperson. State AAHPERD committees are encouraged to submit nominations to the district committee member from their state.

The member must meet the qualifications listed in the district operating code which include: membership in AAHPERD, and at least 10 years of experience as a teacher, supervisor, or administrator in the field.

The candidate must possess high moral character and personal integrity. Service contributions should have been rendered through the association (state, district, national) through distinctive leadership, or have outstanding service as a teacher or administrator.

Ahmed, originally from Rice, MN, has a Bachelor of arts degree. in health education from St. Cloud State University, a Master of arts degree in human performance from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, and a doctorate in health education from Texas Woman's University. Ahmed has taught health education in higher education for 16 years.

"I love teaching and can't imagine doing anything else. I think our students at USD are great to work with," said Ahmed. "This is my sixth year at USD and it's been wonderful. I've learned a tremendous amount of new technology and enjoyed writing and grant work during my career here."

Ahmed does research in both school and community health. She serves as a birth support for couples during labor and delivery and serves on a coalition for the Sioux Empire area on birth support. Her husband is a speech pathologist at the Area Education Association in Sioux City, IA, and they have three children.

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