UR School of Nursing to Host Conference on Schools and Obesity

September 14, 2005

Obesity is a growing threat to the health of young children and teenagers. An estimated 28 percent of children in New York are overweight or at a risk of becoming overweight.

The University of Rochester School of Nursing’s Nutrition Weight Management Center will examine the role of school and health professionals in combating childhood obesity at a conference Friday, Oct. 7, at the Holiday Inn Airport, 911 Brooks Ave.

The Nutrition Weight Management Center conference is called “Kids, Schools & Overweight: Creating a Healthy Environment.”

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires all schools to create a wellness policy by the 2006 school year that addresses, among other issues, childhood obesity.

National and local experts will address several topics, including development of wellness policies that comply with the Child Nutrition act, successful school-based nutrition strategies, implementation of dietary guidelines, and tools for creating a healthy school.

The conference is designed for school superintendents, principals, nurses, physical education teachers, health professionals, food service directors, health educators and PTA members. The fee is $125 for the day-long conference. Group discounts are available.

For more information or to register, call 585-275-1630 or 585-275-4761.

In addition to the School of Nursing Nutrition Weight Management Center, the conference sponsors include the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program, the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc, the Monroe County Department of Public Health and the Genesee Dietetic Association.

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