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AAOHN collects food and funds for Three Square.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (April 12, 2013) — The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) will host its annual conference at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, April 15-18, 2013. As part of the conference, AAOHN is challenging members and guests to help relieve the hunger problem in Las Vegas by making contributions to Three Square Food Bank.  

As the largest organization of occupational and environmental health nurses, AAOHN and its members promote and protect the health of workers in the United States and abroad. Occupational and environmental health nurses not only provide and manage the care of ill and injured workers, which leads to reduced time away from work and cost savings to employers, they also promote workplace safety, wellness activities, health screenings and educational offerings.

“Occupational and environmental health nurses encourage healthy lifestyles for workers,” said AAOHN President Catherine Pepler. “Helping to relieve hunger in Las Vegas is a natural extension of our mission and one small way that the AAOHN conference can make a positive, socially responsible impact in our conference’s host city.”

Nine hundred nurses from across the United States will attend the 2013 AAOHN Conference. To participate in the food drive, they can bring canned goods or non-perishable food items to The Cosmopolitan Monday, April 15. A collection barrel will be on site at the conference from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT.  Participants also can donate funds online any time by following links on the AAOHN website, aaohn.org. Three Square encourages monetary donations because for every one dollar they raise, they can provide three meals.

AAOHN is the first and largest professional association for occupational and environmental health nurses. In 1942, 300 nurses from 16 states founded the American Association of Industrial Nurses (AAIN), the predecessor to AAOHN. Today, with 119 chapters and more than 5,000 members, AAOHN is dedicated to advancing the health, safety and productivity of domestic and global workforces by providing education, research, public policy and practice resources for occupational and environmental health nurses. More information about the OHN profession and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., is available at aaohn.org.

About Three Square Food Bank
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 24.5 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 18.8 million meals – per year to nearly 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).

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