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Childhood Obesity in Iowa on The Iowa Journal

May 18, 2010

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at how childhood obesity has grown and what can be done to reverse this trend. This program airs Thursday, May 20 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, May 22 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.

Thirty-nine percent of Iowa's 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are overweight or obese, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. To help reverse that trend, Grundy Center schools use a program called PE4life, which incorporates students' use of heart rate monitors, pocket PCs and fitness assessment systems to observe the effects of their exercise. The Iowa Journal visited the schools' PE4life programs during its international Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy conference where representatives from 26 countries came to see how the program works.

Guests In the studio to discuss the growing problem of childhood obesity include: Tom Newton, director of Iowa Department of Public Health; and Jim Hallihan, executive director of Live Healthy Iowa.

This episode will also include an excerpt from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet’s keynote address on “The Power of Education” at the University of Northern Iowa.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.5 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS, and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception, and more can be found at www.iptv.org.

For immediate release:
May 18, 2010

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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