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Grant helps MU start youth health
initiative in Wabash County

Tell your kids to start training now, because a youth triathlon is coming to Manchester University next April.

With a $2,800 grant from the Community Foundation of Wabash County, MU students and faculty in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences will organize the Youth Triathlon of Wabash County – a series of events to promote a healthy lifestyle for children.

The program begins in October with five interactive mini-classes on physical fitness and healthy eating habits for children.

The mini-classes culminate in a triathlon, with a running/walking and cycling course around campus, and a fitness obstacle course. Children in grades 1-6 will compete on the North Manchester campus next April. With the Community Foundation grant, all events are free.

“We are excited to be part of a project that will directly impact the health of our community, county, families and children,” says grant co-author Ryan Hedstrom, assistant professor of exercise and sport sciences.

“The youth triathlon is not only a great event for our communities in raising health and fitness awareness, it will be a department-wide effort by our students and faculty to make a positive impact,” says grant co-author Jeffrey Beer, who directs MU’s undergraduate program in athletic training. “Students in all of our majors – athletic training, exercise science, health and physical education, and sport management – will be directly involved with developing and running the event.”

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May 2013



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