Are your professors making you fat? Well, some people believe that overweight professors are poor role models for their students, and are offering a way to fix that. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for sports medicine is teaming up with the Point Park University Summer in the City program to offer a class on being healthy role models.

The class, called “Eat Right, Live Right: Secrets to Living and Teaching a Healthy Lifestyle,” will teach the teachers how to demonstrate healthy lifestyles and promote them in the classroom.

“Eating well is key to feeling your best in and out of the classroom,” said class instructor Leslie Bonci in a press release. “This class will teach you to feed your body right so that you can be your best and help your students to achieve their full potential as well.”

The class is billed in the press release to help instructors create healthy living patterns “that actually work” and to learn recipes that promote a healthier professor. They will also participate in “non-strenuous physical activities.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 29.3 percent of 18 to 24 year olds are overweight and almost 11 percent are obese. The average age of a tenured professor is a little over 40, where about 42 percent of people are overweight, and about 27 percent are are obese.

The average age for a retiring professor at Pitt is around 65 according to the American Association of University Professors, when 42 percent of Pennsylvanians are overweight and 21 percent are obese. The ratings don’t change significantly when factoring in gender.

For the original press release, go to http://www.upmc.com/communications/newsbureau

For CDC obesity information about Pennsylvanians, go to http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss/page.asp?yr=2006&state=PA&cat=OB#OB

TheMedici blogs at  http://www.writepittsburgh.blogspot.com 

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