Program Announces “Weigh To Go!”
Obesity-Focused Science Course
April 26, 2005 – Brunswick
North Carolina (NC) - In a state where the Centers for Disease
Control reports that more than 60 percent of the adults are
overweight or obese, the flagship state university is launching a
campaign to fight obesity through education.
The University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill is announcing its “Weigh to Go!” module
about the science of obesity during a visit by the mobile science
lab, Destiny, to Brunswick County high schools this week.
Highlights of the new obesity
module will be available during the four-day visit of the mobile
science bus to area schools. The obesity module will be implemented
in select Brunswick science classrooms during the 2005-2006 school
The Destiny program gives
students valuable hands-on learning experience after they receive
specialized classroom instruction in one of the program’s 15
modules. In advance of the school visits by the Destiny science
buses, participating teachers train in module-specific workshops and
receive classroom materials, which they deliver to their students.
The new obesity module is
sponsored by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the first in a series of new
health-related curriculum. Starting this fall, “Weigh to Go!” will
be taught aboard a mobile science lab with state-of-the-art
equipment and supplies, funded in part by GlaxoSmithKline. Since
2000, the mobile science labs have visited high schools across North
Carolina in an effort to revolutionize science education and make
science relevant to today’s high school students. The Destiny
program has partnered with the schools and the business community in
Brunswick County to raise money and purchase professional-grade
equipment for the local high school labs in a multi-year initiative.
Media is invited to visit
Destiny for the launch of the new obesity module. To arrange
interviews, please contact Kathleen Linder at (919) 882-1997.
What: On-site visit of
traveling science lab; preview of new obesity-education course
“Weigh to Go!”
When and Where: April
27: West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road NW, Shallotte,
Times: 8:10 a.m. to
9:40 a.m., 9:47 a.m. to 11:22 a.m. and 11:29 a.m. to 1:18 p.m.
What: “Weigh to Go!”
kick-off and reception
When and Where: April
27 at 2 p.m., Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., 795 Ocean
Highway, Supply, N.C.
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