UNC Asheville just sent out the following press release on the National PE Institute!

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2012
Media Contact: UNC Asheville News Services, 828/251-6526 or news@unca.edu

Link to this news release online:

National Physical Education Institute at UNC Asheville to Focus on Obesity Prevention

Some 250 physical education teachers and administrators from across the country will gather at UNC Asheville for a five-day institute designed to help schools use limited resources to improve physical education and obesity prevention programs for grades K-12. The N.C. Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville will host the National PE Institute, July 30-August 3, at the Sherrill Center.

“Typically, there is so much focus on star athletes and the sports they play,” said Artie Kamiya, National PE Institute co-chair. “At this inaugural event, we want to start a new chapter in the battle against childhood obesity by helping PE teachers activate all of their students with a wider variety of games, sports and exercises that can be continued through life.”

“Obesity and unhealthy lifestyles can negatively impact not just health, but academic performance, and is an economic drain on North Carolina and the entire nation,” said David Gardner, N.C. Center for Health and Wellness executive director. “The institute’s goal is promoting activity for all children, and we are pleased to have state and national leaders participating, including June Atkinson, State Superintendent of N.C. Public Schools, and Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.”

The National PE Institute, modeled on practices and strategies promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Association for Sport and Physical Education, will include participatory workshops and demonstrations as well as discussions and presentations by physical education leaders from across the United States.



The National PE Institute’s final day will include a news conference featuring Shellie Pfohl, David Gardner, and Paula Hudson Hildebrand, chief health and community relations officer, N.C. Department of Public Instruction, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Sherrill Center Mountain View Room at UNC Asheville. Your attendance is invited.

Many workshops will provide high-action visual opportunities. To arrange coverage and interviews, please contact UNC Asheville News Services in advance:
Merianne Miller, director, 828/251-6676 or mobile: 828/707-3250
Steve Plever, assistant director, 828/251-6526 or mobile: 828/301-3409

PE Institute highlights include:

July 30 (Monday)
• June Atkinson, State Superintendent, N.C. Public Schools (8:30 a.m.)
• Dolly Lambdin, clinical professor, Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin (8:30 a.m.)
• Mark Rothstein, Inductee, National Fitness Hall of Fame, Guinness World Record Holder, jump rope for fitness authority (1:15 – 2:30 p.m.)
• Jayne Greenberg, executive director of Physical Education and Health Literacy, Miami-Dade Public Schools, (2:45-4:30 PM)

July 31 (Tuesday)
• Jane Fernandes, UNC Asheville provost (8:30 a.m.)
• George Graham, professor of Kinesiology, Penn State University (8:30 a.m.)
• Dance, Dance, Revolution, with Asheville YMCA children participating, (1:15 – 2:30 p.m.)
• Judy LoBianco, supervisor of Health, Physical Education and Nursing Services, South Orange and Maplewood School District, N.J. (2:45-4:30 p.m.)

August 1 (Wednesday)
• Stevie Chepko, chair & professor, Physical Education Teacher Education, Winthrop University (8:30 a.m.)
• Dave Finnegan, Juggling for Success – first recipient, Excellence in Education Award of the International Jugglers Association (9:45 – 10:45 a.m.)
• Roger Washburn, Western Region Director, Speedstacks cup stacking (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
• Marybell Avery, 2011 Physical Education Administrator of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education, Curriculum Specialist, Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska (2:45-4:30 p.m.)

August 2 (Thursday)
• Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy (8:30 a.m.)
• Bob Pangrazi, professor of Exercise Science and Physical Education, Arizona State University (8:30 a.m.)
• Chad Triolet, GeoMotion – 2011 National Elementary PE Teacher of the Year, Deep Creek Elementary School , Va. (11:00 – 12:00 p.m.)
• Parker Johnson, manager, Exergame Fitness Project (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
• Ginny Popiolek, supervisor of PE, Harford County Elementary and Middle Schools, Md. (3:15 – 4:30 p.m.)

August 3 (Friday)
• National PE Institute Press Conference (10:30 a.m.) UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mountain View Room. Speakers include: Paula Hudson Hildebrand (NC DPI), David Gardner (NC Center for Health and Wellness), Shellie Pfohl (President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition)


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