Physical Education Summit

May 02, 2007

America’s widening waistline has earned the “land of the free” an undesirable title: Fattest Nation on Earth. As widely reported in the media today, childhood obesity rates have spiked. On May 2, Wheelock College and the Women’s Sports Foundations will host “The Health of Our Children: Physical Education Summit,” to combat the problem and ensure a healthier future for today’s children.

Mary Ellen Clark, former U.S. Olympic Diver, will join fellow panelists Senator Thomas McGee, of Massachusetts; Dr. Donna Lopiano, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation; Dr. Judy Young, vice president of programs for AAHPERD; and Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College.

This summit will offer an understanding about the value and importance of daily physical education and how to be part of a process to help improve the health of our children. The opening session will be followed by breakout working sessions in the areas of public awareness, legislative action, and exploring the major obstacles to the implementation of daily physical education in our schools.

Recent national studies show a steep increase in the number of overweight children in the U.S. over the past decade. This dramatic rise is grounds for concern because overweight children are at a much greater risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the leading killer by adulthood. The physical activity approach is a healthy and fun way to shed light on the obesity problem.

The public is welcome to attend this free summit from 9 a.m. to noon at Wheelock’s Brookline location, located at 43 Hawes Street. For more information and to RSVP contact Diana Cutaia at pe@wheelock.edu or (617)879-2238.

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