Penn State University

Let’s Move! Pennsylvania Conference

Posted on June 23, 2014

At the Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference, participants will find tools and information needed to promote healthy food, beverage, and physical activity environments in homes, schools, and communities for children.

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM — Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Where: Penn Stater Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd., State College, Pennsylvania 16803

Early Registration Fee Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Nearly one third of Pennsylvania’s children are overweight or obese. The rates have tripled in the last 30 years. These children will suffer from many chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease as a result. Lifestyles have drastically changed since decades ago; instead of walking to school or playing outside, kids are riding to school and have much more screen time. Instead of home-cooked meals, families are relying on more fast foods and snacks to accommodate their busy lifestyles. Even the types and portion sizes of the foods and beverages families consume have changed.

Childhood obesity is one of Penn State Extension’s Program Priority Initiatives. To reverse this trend, it takes a comprehensive effort to help families, communities, and schools work together and make changes to live healthier. We propose to join with First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative by offering a Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference to assist Pennsylvanians with solving the challenge of childhood obesity so children that are born today will grow up healthier, be able to pursue their dreams, and become adults who contribute positively to society.

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