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At youth triathlon, grad students play role in promoting community health

Friday, August 21, 2015

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About 140 youngsters participated in the Just Tri It! Youth Triathlon on Aug. 8 in Manhattan City Park. The event, co-sponsored by the College of Human Ecology, was organized to promote fitness and improve self-confidence in the young athletes.

Among the volunteers was a hearty group of human ecology graduate students.

"Our graduate students often spend long hours reading, writing and contemplating community health promotion from an abstract and academic perspective. Volunteering for the triathlon allows them to play a role in the more concrete delivery of a community health promotion opportunity," said Ric Rosenkranz, associate professor in the Department of Human Nutrition.

He and Tracy Anderson, a principal architect with Action Pact Design in Manhattan, directed the event.

Among the volunteers, from left in the photograph above, were Jillian Joyce, Ph.D. student in human nutrition; Matthew Sidener; Stephanie Kurti, Ph.D. candidate in kinesiology; Emily Emerson, instructor in human nutrition; Sara Rosenkranz, assistant professor in human nutrition; Sam Emerson, Ph.D. student in human nutrition; Brooke Cull, Ph.D. student in human nutrition; and Charlie Cull, Ph.D. candidate in veterinary medicine.

Also volunteering were Cassie Knutson, Master of Public Health student in human nutrition, and Kelsey Casey, master's degree student in human nutrition.

"I think all those from human ecology who helped were motivated by a genuine desire to promote opportunities for healthy living within the Manhattan community," Rosenkranz said.

"There is an immediate payoff for the volunteers when they get to see and cheer for the youth participants as they take on the challenge, work hard over the race course, and finish with a smile of satisfaction and achievement. It's good entertainment!" he added.

In the junior division (ages 5-10) participants swam 50 yards, biked 2.4 miles and ran a half mile. Senior division athletes (ages 11 to 14) swam 100 yards, biked 4.5 miles and ran 1 mile.

This article was posted on Friday, August 21, 2015, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Kinesiology.