February 01, 2011

CWRU Students Help Kids Prepare for Cleveland Marathon

Students measuring kids
Students from Case Western
Reserve University used high-
tech scales to measure children.

Approximately 650 Cleveland Metropolitan School District students are shaping up to run in the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon as part of the We Run This City Marathon Program (WRTC), and Case Western Reserve University, YMCA of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Department of Public Health are helping them get ready with a series of pre-race tests.

Teams of CMSD students come to the YMCA for pre-race testing as part of the evaluation of the program done by the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University. The YMCA staff, students from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron and CMSD school nurses conducted the pre-race tests. The evaluations include having blood pressures taken and standing on a high-tech body composition scale to gather data on total body water, dry lean mass, body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, Body Mass Index (BMI) and percentage of body fat (PBF).

Student entering data
Students like 11-year-old Karen Green (left)
used PDAs to answer health-related questions.

WRTC was created to increase opportunities for physical activity, as well as to motivate students to set goals for better health and to develop the confidence, efficacy and support to continue to accomplish future achievements outside of the program. The mission of WRTC is to encourage healthy habits and exercise in Cleveland’s young people, and not just for students who are already athletes.

The WRTC Marathon Program serves as the school/community component of a new $12.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded program led by the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment (COPTR) initiative will assess the effectiveness of a multi-level approach using family, school and community environments to treat obesity and reduce rates of elevated blood pressure.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, February 1, 2011 07:47 AM | News Topics:

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