ALAMOSA — The Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) will celebrate successes in improving healthy eating and physical activity in rural schools on Tuesday, October 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alamosa Community Recreation Center. The Healthy Students + Healthy Schools = Academic Success event will offer a variety of sessions, panels, and information booths throughout the day, and is expected to attract school and health professionals from throughout the San Luis Valley and Southeast Colorado.
For three years the Healthy Eaters, Lifelong Movers (HELM) Project, under the direction of Dr. Elaine Belansky (University of Colorado Denver and Associate Director of the RMPRC) and Dr. Nick Cutforth (University of Denver and RMPRC), has supported San Luis Valley and Southeast Colorado schools in implementing healthy eating and physical activity initiatives. HELM has two components: Assess, Investigate, Make It Happen (AIM) and the San Luis Valley Physical Education Academy (PEA). As a result of HELM, students have increased their physical activity levels by 20% during physical education class and schools have put an average of 4 changes in place to increase healthy eating and physical activity during the school day.For the complete article see the 09-20-2013 issue.
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