Students take on public health topics at 7th Bi-Annual Symposium

Dr. Lloyd Mitchell
November 21, 2011

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The Department of Health and Physical Education hosted it  Bi-Annual Symposium in conjunction with American and International Education Week at the K.E. White Center Wednesday, November 16th. The topic for the autumn 2011 Symposium was "Obesity: Yesterday's History, Today's Facts, and A New Philosophy for Tomorrow." Over 227 faculty, students, and community members attended the event which included oral presentations by ECSU seniors, poster presentations by ECSU underclassmen, exhibitions, and a variety of activities such as dancing, stretching, and fitness competitions. 

In honor of International Month festivities, attendees were provided historical and current overviews of obesity and health related subjects from several countries including China, Mexico, Canada, Peru, and Germany. Exchange and international students from Germany and Peru provided personal insight and reflections about the differences in approaches to obesity and health between the United States and their countries.

The invited keynote speaker, Coach Bobby Vaughan provided an historical overview of the growth and development of ECSU's Department of Health and Physical Education. Vaughan complimented the students on their research efforts and the coordination of the symposium. He encouraged students who hope to make a difference in the lives of others through physical education.

The symposium is a bi-annual event hosted by upperclassmen in the Department of Health and Physical Education.  Students choose a topic for the symposium. Then, in an effort to expose the soon-to-be graduating students to real-life public health education responsibilities and prepare them for careers, the entire class is challenged to work together as a team to coordinate all aspects of the symposium, including planning, development, scheduling, marketing, and implementation, all while initiating and completing the research necessary for their own symposium oral presentations!  In the meantime, underclassmen from other classes are engaging in formal health related research and preparing posters highlighting results of their own team's efforts. The posters are then presented during the symposium's competitive Poster Session, which is also overseen by the upperclassmen. One winner is selected and given a matching award to present at a national competition. 

The 7th Bi-Annual Health Symposium poster competition winners are...

  • 1st place: Vernice Cross and Karen Powell," Goals and Measurable Objectives For Seven Health Concepts: An Overview "
  • 2nd place: Cormeshia Moore, Danielle Horn, and Anthony Corprew, "Weight Loss Challenges Among Three Undergraduate Students: Total Loss in 30 Days: 38 Pounds of  FAT!"
  • 3rd place: Quarda Fobbs and Taija Brown, "Reducing STD Transmission Risk in African American Males "

The following students and projects are Honorable Mentions:

  • Nekeshia Gilbert and Kori Layden, "Breast Cancer Awareness and Interactive Learning Tool"
  • Danielle Seymour, Daniel  McNair,  "Physical, Financial, Spiritual Management: A Healthy Combination"
  • Canieshia Young and Pearlie Turner, "Spiritual Health and Financial Management Challenge:    Non-Essential Spending At  $20.00 Or Less A Week"
  • Kurt Swalander "Geology Disasters and American Indian Policy"