Child obesity not your problem? Think again.

Iowa Public Television visits Grundy Center, Iowa.

Grundy Center looked more like the United Nations last week.

Representatives from 26 different countries put the “Global” in Global Grundy Center. For 2 days, those representatives talked about ways of reversing a trend that is hitting us all, personally or otherwise, the problem of childhood obesity.

An Iowa native, now current Washington, D.C. resident was one of the visitors.

Shellie Pfhol is the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She’s from Dubuque and a UNI alum. She was part of the Global Forum for Physical Education as organized by the University of Northern Iowa and Grundy Center Community Schools and sponsored by Hopsports Training Systems.

This video talks a little more about why we were in Grundy Center.

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Rick Fuller in action.

I was with Rick Fuller on the shoot. The previous day, producer Nancy Crowfoot and EFP Steve Carns were in Grundy Center for some video of the PE demonstration with Rick Schupbach.

The Grundy Center way is impressive for PE. If interested, give them a shout out for a tour sometime.

Now to the obesity discussion.

More than 9 million young people are 27% of those ages 17-24 are too overweight to join the military.
More than 1/3 of American adults have a body mass index of more than 30. That has tripled since 1960.

Then there’s the kids in Iowa.

39% of Iowa’s 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are overweight or obese.

Still not your problem?
It will be when the overweight kids become overweight adults and later will likely develop diabetes and other health related issues what will cost all of us more money in insurance premiums and healthcare expenses.

So, what can be done to reverse this trend?
Who will help lead the way?
Who needs to take the biggest responsibility in making changes?
How did we get her in the first place?

Or you can read the another preview post here. That link includes the official IPTV press release.

Our studio panel is another good one. Jim Hallihan of Live Healthy Iowa, Tom Newton of Iowa Department of Public Health and Brian Tate, Dean of Students at Des Moines’ North High School. Hallihan and Tate both serve on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Nutrition.

Our show records Thursday afternoon about the Republican debate clears the house. The show will air in the regular time slot of 8p. You can always set your TiVo and watch later, but then how will you discuss this problem at the water cooler Friday morning?

You can watch again Friday night at 630p and online at

Next week we talk forgiveness which will include interviews with Joan Becker, mother of Mark Becker and also talk to Simon Estes.

Last week’s economic roundtable discussion with Charles Sukup, Eric Lohmeier and Joe Crookham is posted. So is the feature on Carroll and their economy. You can watch them both here.

The show will live here when it is posted.


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