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September 30, 2013

MISSOULA – The public is invited to learn about how physical activity helps students be more productive during class time, miss fewer days of school and create fewer disruptions at the Summit for Healthy Children from 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 4, at the University of Montana.

The summit, hosted by UM, Missoula County Public Schools and Let’s Move! Missoula, will be held in the University Center Theater and is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be found online at http://www.mcpsmt.org.

MCPS Superintendent Alex Apostle will kick off the conference, UM Professor Steven Gaskill will deliver a talk titled “Perpetual Motion – Prepared to Learn” and Darla Casteilli of the University of Texas, Austin, will deliver a keynote speech on the connection between physical activity and learning.

This summit is the first of two, and the second will be held in February 2014 with a focus on healthy foods to promote learning. Both summits are extensions of the communitywide work that began with Let’s Move! Missoula’s Childhood Obesity Summit last fall and stems from the work of MCPS Graduation Matters Missoula’s student wellness subcommittee.

The summit is funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation through their SHAPE P-20 grant to improve student success and graduation rates for Missoula students. Additional funding is provided by UM and the Missoula City and County Health Department.

For more information call Missoula City and County Health Department Active Kids/Let’s Move! Missoula Coordinator Mary McCourt at 406-258-3895 or email mmccourt@co.missoula.mt.us.

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Contact: Steven Gaskill, professor, UM Department of Health and Human Performance, 406-243-4268, steven.gaskill@umontana.edu; Mary McCourt, Active Kids/Let’s Move! Missoula coordinator, Missoula City and County Health Department, 406-258-3895, mmccourt@co.missoula.mt.us.