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UAB Partnership Wins National Award For Effort to Fight Childhood Obesity

Oct, 2007

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Education and the Selma City Schools to fight childhood obesity has received an award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Former Selma schools Superintendent James Carter and faculty from the UAB School of Education’s Department of Human Studies created Selma NEWS to promote health among Selma City School students, faculty and staff through a series of nutrition, health and physical education programs. Brian F. Geiger, Ed.D., a UAB professor of health education, is the principal investigator for the project.

Selma NEWS also modified student recess to include movement activities, increased the amount of active time during physical education classes, developed alternative fitness activities for students with medical exemptions and sponsored family wellness day events and parent education workshops.

In Dallas County, which includes the city of Selma, mortality rates for diabetes, stroke and heart disease exceeded the state and national rates between 1998 and 2000.