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0 February 5, 2004
Volume 34 Number 7
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OPT for Fit Kids Team Invited to Capitol Hill

The Overweight Prevention and Treatment (OPT) for Fit Kids program has received an award of $1,500 to support participation in the Sumner Symposium III. Project director Cindy Wolff, Nutrition Sciences, with student interns Kelley Marty, Melinda Garcia, and Fany Gomez, will represent CSU, Chico.

The Chico team will travel to Washington, D.C., in March to present their work to symposium participants and members of Congress. Teams from 10 other institutions will join them for the two-day symposium.

The Sumner Symposium is part of the Program for Health and Higher Education, a national program that encourages "engaging student power" in the pursuit of solutions to pressing campus and community health issues. The symposium's goal is to improve student health and learning by integrating study of serious health problems, such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes, into the college curriculum.

OPT for Fit Kids focuses on the obesity and diabetes epidemic by providing a program for overweight children and their parents to assist them in improving nutrition and activity lifestyle patterns. CSU, Chico students are actively engaged in the development of each component of the OPT for Fit Kids program.

The program components include community needs assessments, family-based nutrition education and weight-management classes, the development of OPT for Fit Kids preschool curriculum materials, and a social marketing campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Currently, students are screening 1,500 children in area schools for indicators of future diabetes risk: excessive weight and acanthosis nigricans (a darkening of the skin). They have determined that approximately 50 percent of children in local low-income schools are over- weight; approximately 12 percent show signs of acanthosis nigricans.

Following their presentation at the Sumner Symposium, the team will organize an on-campus symposium with students engaged in campus and community activities. The forum will publicize their work to the community.

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