Nutrition Symposium to Focus on Children’s Nutrition and Activity

June 02, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Child Nutrition Center (WVCNC), in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Education, Fairmont State Community and Technical College and West Virginia University, will present the 2004 Nutrition and Physical Activity Symposium June 22-24 at East Fairmont High School.  

The nutrition symposium’s theme for this year is “Nutrition…The Next Generation III – Taking Action.” The event will focus on children’s nutrition and physical activity issues as related to the rise in obesity among children. The symposium hopes to encourage grassroots efforts to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment for West Virginia children.  

The symposium will feature keynote speakers including national experts and state and local leaders in the nutrition field. Speakers will include Leslie Bonci, NPH, RD, Director of Sports Nutrition for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Jacquelyn Sowers, National Consultant for Health Promotion and Education; Bane McCracken, Coordinator, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Student Services and Health Promotion; and former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris.  

“Obesity is the number one health problem facing West Virginia today,” said Pam Hamilton, MS, RD, Director for the West Virginia Child Nutrition Center. “This third symposium is unique in bringing a diverse group of advocates together in an effort to build healthy tomorrows for our state. It is imperative that West Virginia communities discover the tools needed to foster an environment that will promote the health and well-being of our children.”  

Other sponsoring agencies include the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council Mid East, W.Va., West Virginia Women Infants and Children Program and the American Cancer Society.  

Continuing education credit as well as graduate and undergraduate credit will be available to participants.  

Registrations will be accepted through Tuesday, June 15, 2004, and beyond that date as space permits. Participants who are employed at Fairmont State GEAR-UP Partnership schools will have their registration fees waived. For registration and other cost information, visit  

For more information, contact the WVCNC at (304) 367-4843.

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