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UNI to host Super Power Summit

October 20, 2011

Rip Marston, professor, UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, 319-273-6882,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will be the host for one of three Super Power Summits held across the state. UNI's event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus.

The Super Power Summit at UNI will host more than 80 middle school students and teachers from across the state to learn how nutrition and physical activity impact healthy living. UNI physical education students will help middle school students during the "Food and Fitness Craze" activities designed to enhance the students' knowledge about nutrition and physical activity.

"We hope the middle school students will return to their respective schools and become advocates in their schools for infusing the concepts of good nutrition and regular physical activity as major components in their school's wellness programs," say Rip Marston, professor, UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS).

"We have to teach our youth the importance of eating healthy and being physically active. We need to do it in a way that engages them, motivates them and captures their imagination," says Carrie Scheidel, consultant in the Iowa Department of Education, "The best motivators for students to lead a healthy lifestyle are their peers. By getting kids to eat better and become more active, they can utilize the super powers inside them to stay healthy, do better in the classroom and have a better chance to excel."

The students, representing more than 60 schools, and their adult team leaders, will learn how they can take the knowledge they gain at the event to create and activate wellness programs emphasizing nutrition and physical activity in their schools. Each team can apply for mini grants to help cover costs of implementing their local wellness program.

The Super Power Summits are sponsored by Iowa Department of Education's Team Nutrition Program, Iowa Partners: Action for Healthy Kids, the Midwest Dairy Council, Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowans Fit for Life Program, Iowa State University Extension, UNI School of HPELS and the Wal-mart Foundation.

For more information, contact Marston at 319-273-6882 or