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Wittenberg Center for Civic & Urban Engagement Hosts Healthy Kids Conference

November 10, 2010  
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Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University’s Center for Civic & Urban Engagement (CCUE) will host The Power & Promise of Afterschool “Healthy Kids Conference” from 8:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Room 105 of the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning, 737 North Fountain Ave. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Chief Medical Officer of the Rocking Horse Center James Duffee will welcome the attendees and open the conference.

“It is impressive that so many community systems…health, education, parks and recreation…have sent representatives to this conference to think strategically about the connection between child health and school success,” Duffee said. “For instance, poor nutrition is strongly associated with poor general health, as well as difficulties with attention and learning in school. The emphasis on afterschool programs is especially critical because during the hours of 3 to 6 p.m. children are often unsupervised, inactive and prone to risky behaviors such as substance abuse, sexual risk-taking and overeating.”

Responding to these issues, conference topics and presenters include “Linking Health & Academics” with Laura Rooney, MPH, Ohio Department of Health; “At-Risk Student & Staff Wellness” with Todd Whiteman, superintendent, Foxfire Center for Student Success, Zanesville, Ohio; “Springfield 4th Grade BMI Project” with David Estrop, Springfield City Schools and Christina Conover, Clark County Department of Health; “Nutritious Snack Break” with Wittenberg Dining Services; “Get Up & Go!” with Penny Dunbar and Lynn Turner, National Trail Parks & Recreation District; and “Power & Promise Strategic Planning Update” with Brandon Sipes, ReFrame LLC, Springfield, Ohio. CCUE Project Coordinator Trish Garrison will provide a wrap-up and evaluation.

The conference is funded by a grant from the United States Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. Strengthening afterschool programs is one of the four priority initiatives chosen by the CCUE Community Advisory Council. Registration for the conference is available through Friday, Nov. 12, by e-mailing afterschool@wittenberg.edu. Contact information must be included in the e-mail registration.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts

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