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Fostering campus collaboration to address a growing problem: A look at Ball State University's Weight Loss Challenge

Lisa K. Thomason, MPH, CHES, Health Education, Ball State University, 1500 Neely Ave., Muncie, IN 47306, 765-285-3773, LKThomason@bsu.edu

The growing problem of overweight and obesity in America is well documented, with nearly two-thirds of adults currently meeting the clinical definition of overweight. The problem is also affecting our college campuses, as more and more students exceed the recommended weights for their ages and heights. A variety of research publications indicates that utilizing a combination of physical activities, diet changes, and behavior modification strategies is effective for initiating and maintaining weight loss. Each of these treatment elements can be found on the majority of college campuses. A program coordinating such campus resources could theoretically help curb the rising obesity rates among the college community. Such a program was put into place at Ball State University in November of 2004 and has continued through each consecutive semester. While data regarding its long-term impact are still being gathered, initial short-term data indicate the program was beneficial to students and faculty/staff who were trying to lose weight. A close examination of Ball State University's Weight Loss Challenge also illustrates what barriers can be expected in the coordination of a university weight loss program.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner) in this session will be able to

Keywords: College Students, Weight Management

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Issues Pertaining to College Health

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA