Obesity Intervention and Service Learning

Teaching & Engagement, 2017


Summary

In an effort to combat the epidemic of rural pediatric obesity, Peru State College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, in partnership with rural stakeholders, seek to develop a new service-learning course for undergraduates. The course will introduce post-secondary students to service learning and the prevalence of overweight and obesity in rural areas. It will also seek to engage existing and new partnerships with community-based organizations for students’ service learning. Finally, contributors hope the course will instill in undergraduate students a sense of civic commitment that they will carry with them following college.

Contributors

Danae Dinkel (PI), Assistant Professor, Health Physical Education & Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Kyle Ryan (Co-PI), Professor, Kinesiology, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Peru State College
Sheri Grotrian-Ryan (Co-PI), Professor, Business, Peru State College

Partners

Northside Elementary (Grades K-2), Nebraska City
Hayward Elementary (Grades 3-5), Nebraska City
Nebraska City Middle School (Grades 6-8), Nebraska City

Contact: Danae Dinkel, dmdinkel@unomaha.edu