University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala (center) and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman (left) participate in an interactive lesson on the body and physical activity led by Miller School research assistant Stephanie Honorat at Kids Kollege, a pre-school in Miami Springs that is participating in the Obesity Prevention Project run by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The visit was part of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s new Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, which Shalala, Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt co-chair.
After their stop at Kids Kollege, Shalala, Glickman, and Veneman visited the Miller School and Coral Gables campuses, learning about nutrition programs at both locations. The day ended at UM’s Newman Alumni Center, where the three were joined by a group of UM faculty members for a public forum on the importance of nutrition education and physical activity.
The forum and site visits in Miami were the first of many to be held around the country by the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative.