HPU Helps Kids Practice Healthy Habits As Part Of D-Up's 'Summer Kick-Off Fun Day'

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 20, 2011 – A human relations class at High Point University recently hosted a unique opportunity for children in the community to practice healthy habits as part of “D-UP: Keep it Moving Summer Kick-Off Fun Day.”

Held at the HPU Intramural Fields on campus, children ages 5 to 12 took part in various activities, including games, coloring, music, face painting, a basketball challenge and more. The children also learned about nutrition, the importance of physical activity and a fitness obstacle course.

Students in the class, called Human Relations and Interpersonal Dynamics, also took part in the day of fun by leading an orientation for the students, which included weighing and determining the body mass index (BMI) of the children. Students also led the children in exercises.

Pamela Palmer, assistant professor of human relations who teaches the class, organized the event in conjunction with the local non-profit organization D-UP, a fitness and educational organization that helps to fight obesity in the state and hopes to remove the statistic of North Carolina being No. 5 in the nation with obese children.

“The goal behind this event was to promote ways to reduce childhood obesity and ways that kids can engage in physical activities, stay fit and be well,” Palmer says. “D-UP is largely based around basketball-oriented activities, but they caught my eye because they promote the facts and statistics about overall issues related to obesity and nutrition. It also was the perfect opportunity for my students to interact with a non-profit organization and people from the community while holding an awareness event.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist



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