Childhood Obesity on the next Iowa Journal

We are winding down our 3rd season of the Iowa Journal.

So, what big cliffhangers do we have in store?

How about the fact that 25% of kids in grades 9-12 in Iowa are overweight or obese?

We are featuring the Grundy Center schools’ approach to physical education and how that is making a difference in teaching students that fitness is a life-long activity not just 3rd or 6th period of school. Our visit to Grundy Center coincided with the Global Forum on Physical Education.

Our discussion panel is taking shape and so is the feature. A big thanks to Rick Schupbach in providing access for our camera crew.

By the way, for my Jesup connections, Rick Schupbach is good friends with Mike Sinram, Larry Baldwin and Pat Winblade. The world is too small of a world.

We also got a chance to talk to Dubuque native and UNI graduate Shellie Pfohl who now is the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

We will also have an excerpt from the Dalai Lama’s visit to the University of Northern Iowa.

Here is the official release on the program from the Iowa Public Television press release shop.

Childhood Obesity in Iowa
On the Thursday, May 20 edition of The Iowa Journal

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at how childhood obesity has grown and what can be done to reverse this trend. This program airs Thursday, May 20 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, May 22 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at

Thirty-nine percent of Iowa’s 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are overweight or obese, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. To help reverse that trend, Grundy Center schools use a program called PE4life, which incorporates students’ use of heart rate monitors, pocket PCs and fitness assessment systems to observe the effects of their exercise. The Iowa Journal visited the schools’ PE4life programs during its international Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy conference where representatives from 26 countries came to see how the program works.

Guests In the studio to discuss the growing problem of childhood obesity include: Tom Newton, director of Iowa Department of Public Health; and Jim Hallihan, executive director of Live Healthy Iowa.
This episode will also include an excerpt from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet’s keynote address on “The Power of Education” at the University of Northern Iowa.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit


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