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Childhood Obesity, Youth Health Targeted at WSU Conference in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — The relationship between parenting styles and child obesity will be a key topic at the upcoming Washington State University Extension Food $ense and 4-H Summit Feb. 23 – 25 at the Doubletree Hotel in Spokane.

The role of adults in child obesity will be discussed by Tom Power, chair of the Department of Human Development at WSU. He will outline how parents and other adults influence children’s food consumption and how they can impact the prevention of obesity. This session is Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Targeting health education during middle school years will be another featured topic. Ruth Bindler and Kenn Daratha, both faculty members in the WSU College of Nursing, will lead that discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 2 – 3 p.m. and again from 3:15 – 4:15.

The summit, a partnership between WSU Extension’s Food $ense and 4-H Youth Development programs, will bring together 300 professionals, staff and volunteers to learn how to best serve youth across the state.

4-H serves more than 80,000 youth in the state’s 39 counties. Programs focus on youth reaching their full potential through learning life skills including, leadership, team cohesion, public speaking and community participation.