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Black, Maurer discuss body weight issues and children Feb. 25

In 2003, reports from the American Public Health Association and the American Obesity Association placed Tennessee among the top 10 in national obesity rates, with 13 percent of the states children considered obese.

Drs. Anne Black and Marcy Maurer, associate professors of health and human performance, have completed research looking at the role of the elementary school physical education teacher in the obesity crisis.
In 2003, reports from the American Public Health Association and the American Obesity Association placed Tennessee among the top 10 in national obesity rates, with 13 percent of the state's children considered obese.

Drs. Anne Black and Marcy Maurer, associate professors of health and human performance, have completed research looking at the role of the elementary school physical education teacher in the obesity crisis.

They will present the results of their study, “Body Weight Issues in Physical Education,” during a Faculty Research Forum from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the University Center, room 307.

Researchers examined the teacher's perception of ideal body weight, curriculum issues that may be influenced by obese children and teaching strategies used to accommodate obese children. The study also looked for evidence of collaborative efforts to address the issue within the school.

The “Body Weight Issues in Physical Education” forum, sponsored by Academic Affairs, is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone 7676.
—Terry Stringer