Faculty Participate in Institute of Medicine Workshop on Physical Education and Activity  October 10, 2012

Harold Kohl

Dolly Lambdin

Darla Castelli

Drs. Harold Kohl, Dolly Lambdin and Darla Castelli were in Washington, D.C., in September to work with the national Institute of Medicine (IOM) on more aggressive, targeted practices for reducing childhood obesity.

Kohl, Lambdin and Castelli, who are faculty members in the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, participated in the IOM’s public workshop on “Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools: Perspectives on Successes, Barriers and Opportunities.” Kohl and Castelli are members of the IOM’s Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools Committee and Lambdin was a presenter at the meeting.

The workshop was held so that committee members could gather feedback and evidence on physical activity and physical education from university scholars as well as practitioners in school physical education programs. Experts who spoke to the committee discussed physical education programs; the incorporation of physical activity in the classroom and during schoolday breaks; intramural and extramural sports; and the promotion of active transport (walking or riding a bike to and from school).

The committee will use the information to develop IOM recommendations for strengthening and improving physical activity and physical education in schools.

Earlier this year the IOM released a report titled “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation.” The report offers five major recommendations and strategies for aggressively battling childhood obesity. The committee on which Kohl and Castelli serve is addressing two of the five main points from the report – the need to make physical activity an integral part of life as well as the need to focus on schools as a prime setting for obesity prevention.

After assessing the current state of physical education and physical activity in the school environment as well as the cognitive, physical and psychosocial effects of physical activity on children and adolescents, the committee will craft a set of recommendations that should be available next year.

To view Lambdin’s workshop presentation on physical education, go to www.iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/PhysActivityPhysEdu/2012-SEP-20.aspx, select “Presentations” on the right side of the page and then click on Lambdin’s name.

Last updated on October 10, 2012