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June 15, 2006

Six FCS agents participate in 'Move More Scholarship Institute'

Move More Institute participatns
Extension's participants in the Move More Institute are pictured, front row, from left, Sandi Sox and Margaret Allsbrook; back row, from left, Robin Taylor, Arthenia Booth, Ann Simmons and Phyllis Smith. (Photo courtesy of Margaret Allsbrook)

Six family and consumer sciences agents with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, along with 22 other health educator/wellness coordinators from across the state, recently participated in the Inaugural Move More Scholars Institute: North Carolina’s Course for Physical Activity Professionals. The course was held May 8–11 at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro.

Selection to the course was highly competitive because it was open to all North Carolina health promotion coordinators, physical activity and nutrition coordinators, and FCS Extension agents. Agents attending were Margaret Allsbrook, Halifax County; Arthenia Booth, Bertie County; Ann Simmons, Iredell County; Phyllis Smith, Chatham County; Sandi Sox, Polk County; and Robin Taylor, Onslow County.

The institute was coordinated by the N.C. Division of Public Health and sponsored by Get Kids in Action, a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Gatorade Company, which aims to increase physical activity among children to reduce and prevent obesity.

The institute featured state- and national-level speakers who focused on taking a multi-level approach to creating communities that promote and support physical activity for North Carolina families.

All participants learned to collect data, bring together interested parties, conduct needs assessments and evaluations within a community, educate the public and advocate for specific policy and environmental change strategies. A cornerstone of this course was the opportunity for networking and small-group interaction with other participants and faculty.

Posted by Natalie at June 15, 2006 02:06 PM