During the first week of February 2010, Purdue's wellness community implemented a new model of intervention to improve the health of local and global communities. Healthy Planet 2010 integrated programs in learning, teaching, research, engagement, and outreach to raise awareness of the benefits of prevention and a balanced life.
The weeklong celebration of health highlighted many of Purdue's resources and the research that is making an impact locally and globally. Programming focused on health education, physical activity, nutrition, financial management, and mental health. Nutrition specific activities included a nutrition knowledge contest at five different campus locations on topics such as beverage sugar content and food myths, chef demonstrations of healthy cooking, and portion distortion displays at five different campus dining courts. A symposium was also organized by a partnership between the Department of Foods and Nutrition and Health and Kinesiology focusing on the environmental and policy approaches to promoting healthy eating and physical activity in Indiana communities. Keynote speaker, Jackie Epping, a lead public health scientist from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressed specific strategies in promoting healthy eating and physical activity through policy and environmental change. Over 100 students, faculty, staff, Extension educators, health professionals and community members attended the symposium which featured five different speakers, with many joining attendees via webinar. Please contact Amy R. Mobley, PhD, RD (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about the symposium.
Healthy Planet is scheduled to be a recurring event each year. Look for future events in 2011.