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Summit to Focus on Children, Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

By Doug Boyd

Health care professionals and students can learn ways to motivate children – and their parents – to lose weight and adopt more healthful lifestyles during the fourth annual Pediatric Healthy Weight Summit March 29-30 in Greenville.

Speakers include faculty members from East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University and Harvard University.

Also invited is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

While governor, Huckabee lost more than 100 pounds and has become an advocate for reducing obesity, especially among children. In 2004, Arkansas became the first state to require schools to measure students’ body mass index and send data home to parents.

Huckabee signed the measure into law while in the midst of his own diet. That measure has recently come under fire. Registration for both days of the program is $95 before March 22. A limited number of scholarships are available for students.

The event is sponsored by the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, the ECU Department of Exercise and Sport Science and the Eastern Area Health Education Center.

For more information, contact Yancey Crawford at 744-5061 or e-mail her at

This page originally appeared in the Feb. 23, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at