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June 2, 2000 Ė No. 316


Researchers to announce findings from study of why U.S. kids donít get enough exercise

News Briefing

Monday (June 5), 1:30 p.m.

Carolina Population Center, 4th Floor Conference Room

East Tower, University Square

West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers will share findings from a massive national study of why children in the United States and North Carolina donít exercise enough at a 1:30 p.m. news briefing Monday (June 5). The study, which will appear in the journal Pediatrics June 6, will be discussed in the Carolina Population Center Conference Room on the fourth floor of the East Tower of University Square.

Reporters are invited learn about the research, which shows too few schools offer physical education classes, too few communities offer recreation facilities and worries about crime are turning a high percentage of U.S. kids into couch potatoes. Done in collaboration with the UNC-CH schools of public health and medicine, the study has important public health implications. Almost 18,000 adolescents were personally interviewed.

Parking is available at University Square, a small shopping center bordering Franklin Street just west of the Columbia Street intersection.

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