CSU, Chico News

CNAP to Present Obesity Prevention Innovations in National Teleconference April 10

Date: 03-26-2014

Kimberly Weir, Communications and Media
Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion
Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Michele Buran, physical activity specialist at California State University, Chico’s Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP), will present the center’s Promoting Activity Through Playground Stencils project in a national teleconference on April 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST.

CNAP was invited to participate by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO). Buran served as CNAP’s principal investigator for this project.

Buran will present highlights of CNAP’s preschool obesity prevention strategies to health department staff in all 50 states. Her presentation will be recorded for use in future webinars and teleconferences.

Buran’s innovative program was recognized on March 21 by First Lady Michelle Obama’s signature Let’s Move program aimed at improving children’s health.

In-depth coverage on the Let’s Move blog described Buran’s work to help prevent obesity in low-income Butte County preschool settings. Her work was supported by a two-year California Department of Public Health Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (COPP) grant.

Buran applied paint using inexpensive, reusable stencils to create permanent physical activity prompts in these county preschools. Her research has established that playgrounds featuring stencil-art activities—including hopscotch grids, bull’s-eye tosses, figure eights for balancing and painted tracks for wheeled toys— help children increase physical activity and burn more energy.

To read the entire feature, visit letsmove.gov/blog and search for “Chico State.”

The Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion helps create healthy and livable communities. CNAP works closely with community agencies, public health departments, schools and farms to provide youth and adults with cooking classes and nutrition education, physical activity and garden-based learning activities. CNAP’s award-winning programs provide cutting-edge foundations in both science and practice to address obesity and obesity-related disease prevention. For more information, please visit www.csuchico.edu/cnap.