Obesity Intervention and Service Learning

Teaching & Engagement, 2017


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.


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


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