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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Issues Surrounding Obesity in Elementary Aged Urban Children

This project is an initial investigation into elementary aged urban children’s perspectives on physical activity and nutrition. This research is becoming increasingly important because of the recent obesity epidemic and its disproportionate effect on communities that have low socioeconomic status. As children from low socio economic neighborhoods are being seriously affected, it would be beneficial to get their perspective on physical activity and nutritional issues. The information garnered will be of benefit in the creation of effective nutritional programs and physical education programs. These programs can be developed in such a way as to accommodate the specific needs of those individuals struggling with issues of overweight and obesity, helping them to lead healthier lives. Before conducting this research, a thorough review of literature regarding overweight and obesity in elementary age children was conducted.

Presenter: Chelsea Grasso (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)