Peggy O-Hara Murdock of MTSU speaks to educators about Youth Risk Behavior



UTC conducts Health Education Training Institute

Under the direction of Dr. David Cundiff, the Department of Exercise Science, Health and Leisure Studies (EHLS) conducted a three-day Health Education and PANTS (Physical Activity, Nutrition, Tobacco Use Prevention and Sexuality Education) Training Institute this week at Brown Academy. The institute was made possible by a $20,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Education, Comprehensive School Health Program.

Participants included educators from UTC, Covenant College, Hamilton County Health Department, Cleveland, TN elementary schools, Macon County Schools, Cookeville Crisis Pregnancy Center and Loudon County Schools, and topics included:

  • Knowledge and skills standards of the state’s K-8 Healthful Living, Lifetime Wellness, and Physical Education K-12 curriculum standards
  • State health data, including the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the Youth Tobacco Survey, the School Health Education Profile, Kids Count, and Health Information Tennessee
  • An overview of the Comprehensive School Health Education concept and philosophy, including the emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use prevention and responsible sexual behaviors

Dr. Gene Ezell, professor of health education at UTC and Dr. Holly Dieken, associate professor of nutrition and food science in the UTC Department of Human Ecology were among the presenters at the institute. Ezell discussed the School Health Education Profile and K-8 Healthful Living Standards and Dieken discussed Nutrition.