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NSU Presents--Understanding Breast Heatlh
"Facing Forward"

To bolster efforts in teaching our youth the importance of breast self-awareness, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) has awarded an education grant to Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) for the Department of Performing Visual Arts to develop a breast cancer awareness program tailored for middle, high school, and college students. This play was made possiible by funds raised by National Marine Suppliers of Fort Lauderdale.

Studies have shown that developing healthy habits early in life, such as breast health awareness, can lead to shaping healthy behaviors into adulthood. Schools have attempted to incorporate breast health into their health courses in the past, but achieved poor results. Coupled with a lack of breast heatlh information available for this age group, there was a clear need for an innovative approach to reach our young adults at this critical age. 

The project, NSU Presents--Understanding Breast Health, employs such an approach to breast cancer education using Perfoming Visual Arts in the performance docu-drama, "Facing Forward." The fast-paced play is full of humor, information, and poignant moments presented in a lighthearted and easy-to-understand manner. The educational play will engage and empower young adults to become proactive in their breast health, and in turn, encourage them to educate their relatives to be aware of their own breast health. 

Commissioned by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, "Facing Forward" was written by Elena Maria Garcia, an award-winning performer and playwright (Fuacata! or A Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe, Do You Speak Mexican?) and directed by Gail Garrison. 

If you would like to empower the next generation by bringing "Facing Forward" to your school, please contact Bill J. Adams at (954) 262-8025 or email wadams@nova.edu. 


Facing Forward
At the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, Nova Southeastern University
March 1, 2018



Facing Forward Trailer