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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: 09/07/2010
CONTACT: Lisa M. Ruley ( lisa.ruley@ttuhsc.edu )
PHONE: (915) 545-6579

TTUHSC PLFSOM Kicks Off Healthy Lunchbox Initiative

WHAT: Tour and lunch box presentation to students at Zavala Elementary School.

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday (Sept. 8)

WHERE: TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Medical Education Courtyard (Concepcion and Alberta Avenue)

EVENT: Healthy diets equal smart, alert learners and the TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is providing local area elementary students with the knowledge they need to get a healthy start on their school day.

During the event, fourth grade students at Zavala Elementary School will enjoy a healthy lunch and receive free lunch bags compliments of the School of Medicine and its partners at Entravision. A nutrition lesson will be given by pediatric nutritionist Ines Anchondo, Dr.P.H., R.D., L.D. In attendance will be El Paso ISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia, Ed.D., and Zavala Elementary School Principal Olga Arreola.

The “Healthy Lunch Box Initiative” is the second “Walkin’ the Talk” event, the TTUHSC Paul. L. Foster School of Medicine’s health initiative aimed at making the campus and surrounding neighborhoods healthier.

The Centers for Disease Control reported an increase in obesity among children age six to 11 years of 6.5 percent in 1980 to 19.6 percent in 2008. Overall, the prevalence of obesity in Texas school children was 42 percent for fourth graders, 39 percent for eighth graders and 36 percent for 11th graders.

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