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IUP Cares Focuses on Childhood Obesity

The second IUP Cares event is set for April 18 in Hadley Union Building.

Childhood Obesity: Understanding the Crisis, Weighing the Solutions was developed by the Department of Food and Nutrition. The conference is financially sponsored by Indiana Regional Medical Center.

There is no registration fee, but participants are asked to acknowledge their plan to attend by sending e-mail to and to bring a nonperishable food or personal care item donation for the Food and Nutrition Department’s Annual Food Drive to benefit the Indiana County Community Action Program. Act 48 credit is available for a nominal fee.

After opening remarks that begin at 9:00 a.m., Frederick Trowbridge, a medical epidemiologist and former director of the Centers for Disease Control Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, will present the morning’s first topic in the keynote address by defining the problem of childhood obesity.

At 10:30, Niñon Richartz, program manager for Shaping America’s Youth, will present an overview of solutions in a discussion of national and grassroots efforts and organizational structure aimed at preventing pediatric obesity.

IUP Food and Nutrition faculty members Diane Wagoner and Leigh Ann Harvey will present Health Cooking for Kids at 11:30 a.m. They will be assisted by IUP dietetic interns and will conduct a cooking demonstration.

At 1:30 p.m., registered dietitian Barbara Mayfield, a continuing lecturer from Purdue University who is director of the Promoting Family Meals Project and president of Noteworthy Creations, will make a presentation.

At 2:45 p.m., Jim DeLine, CATCH Family Education and Community coordinator at the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living at the University of Texas School of Public Health, will present a program on physical activity for obesity prevention in children.

Formal programming concludes with an overview of programs IUP sponsors.

While most programming takes place in the Ohio Room, information booths will be stationed in the HUB Atrium.


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