Date: Tuesday, March 20
Two sessions: 3-5 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Location: Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building (Room N-121, 100 seats available)
Topic: Childhood Obesity
MTSU and The Tennessean will be combining forces to alert people in middle Tennessee and beyond about the dangers of childhood obesity in a “Tweetup” on campus on Tuesday, March 20.
MTSU’s Dr. Don Morgan, an expert on physical fitness and childhood obesity, and Tennessean Health Editor Heidi Hall will give a presentation framing this statewide epidemic. Their practical ideas to help chip away at the problem will inspire students and parents, journalists and teachers, community and business leaders throughout middle Tennessee to learn more about childhood obesity and get involved in solving it.
The Tweetup is set for in Room N-121 in the Cason Kennedy Nursing Building on the MTSU campus. There will be two sessions: one starting at 3 p.m. and another at 5 p.m.
MTSU will broadcast Morgan and Hall’s presentations live on www.BrainstormNashville.com, The Tennessean’s new digital hub for community problem solving. Packaged with the live broadcast will be resources and links dedicated to the problem of childhood obesity, which has been a marquee campaign for The Tennessean’s journalists and editorial writers.
As ideas and actions are discussed, MTSU students, faculty and community members, as well as others in the community who are not in attendance,will be encouraged to publicize this activity via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #ChildObesity and the Facebook event tag “ChildObesity Awareness Day.”
A “Tweetup” is a gathering of people who use Twitter, the online social-networking service that enables users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters. Tweetups are most commonly social events but can be arranged for a cause or to accomplish community goals, which is the aim of the March 20 event at MTSU.
The Tweetup is part of a new larger, strategic partnership between MTSU and The Tennessean supporting the BrainstormNashville.com website. The event will not only bring attention to problem of Child Obesity but will serve as an educational event for those looking to create positive change and leverage their followers to spread the Brainstorm Nashville message.
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