Breaking Loose on the Palouse: Annual Conference Promotes Healthy Lifestyles

Friday, September 25 2009

Written by Cheryl Dudley

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho's Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, in collaboration with Moscow School District, and Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) will host the annual IAHPERD Conference Thursday and Friday, Oct. 1-2.

The mission of the conference is to connect with education, government and community to promote and develop active and healthy lifestyles.

Graduate and undergraduate students and faculty will present workshops designed to provide new ideas and resources to promote health in the community. The conference is open to the public.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the University of Idaho's Physical Education Building main hallway, 1060 Rayburn St. in Moscow. Cost is $90 for on-site registration, $50 for IAHPERD emeritus and retired persons, and $40 for students. More registration information is available at  

The university student activity schedule begins the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 30, with a campout on the floor of the P.E. Building gymnasium, which will take place both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Special activities, tournaments and competitions for students from University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University and Lewis-Clark State College will take place on Thursday.

Keynote speakers for the conference are Glenn Richardson of the University of Utah and Pete Hunt of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who will give their presentations from 9:20-10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. Participants can choose from seven different presentations each hour of the conference, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, Thursday evening from 4-6 p.m. attendees can participate in physical activity and personal health assessments, followed by a social at the University Best Western, 1516 Pullman Rd. in Moscow, at 6:30 p.m.

Presentations are divided into seven categories:
• P.E. K-8;
• P.E. 6-12;
• Health K-8;
• Health 6-12;
• Dance, Movement and Yoga;
• Recreation, Adventure Education and Research; and
• Classroom, Community, Research, Coaching and Athletic Training.

Among the more than 40 sessions offered are: "Take 10: Physical Activities for the Classroom teacher" by Elizabeth Miller; 'Improving Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Communities: Tips and Tools by Helen Brown; Outdoor Adventure Activities: Tools for Promoting Healthy Activity and Positive Youth Development by Tami Goetz.; "Five Components of Self Esteem" by Kim Fanter; "Circus-Circus! Culminating Activities in Elementary P.E." by Sheri Lyons; and "MPR: Core Stabilization Exercises and Benefits" by Alan Nasypany and Alex Farley.

IAHPERD provides professional growth and development opportunities to members through leadership, support, encouragement and guidance in health, physical education, leisure recreation, dance, fitness, and sport based on the needs, interest, and inherent capacities of the individual in today's society.

For more information about the conference, contact the College of Education's Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at (208) 885-7921 or e-mail  
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state's flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university's student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit  

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit