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Lloyd Kolbe
School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Robert M. Goodman
Dean, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Tracy James
University Communications

Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Media advisory: Reporters, public invited to Sunny Sports China presentation

WHAT: Presentation of the Chinese Sunny Sport Youth Physical Activity Initiatives with representatives of the China New Times Children and Youth Physical Health Promotion Center

WHERE: Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington

WHEN: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 15

WHO: The partnership involves Chinese and U.S. health authorities, including representatives of Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

ADMISSION: The presentation is free and open to the public

May 13, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has been asked by the Chinese government to help it implement new national guidelines requiring the country's 1.6 million schools to provide students with daily physical activity. The move is an attempt to reverse a burgeoning obesity problem in China.

Sunny Sports China

The U.S.-China partnership could help 270 million Chinese school children have access to daily physical activity.

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Friday's presentation concludes three days of concentrated workshops in a groundbreaking partnership between the United States and China health leaders to tackle this issue. The workshops involved representatives of China's Sunny Sport Initiative, IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and national physical fitness and education organizations.

Friday's presentation will be given by Diao Tiemin, director-general of the New Times Children and Youth Physical Health Promotion Center and one of the chief designers of the national initiative, designed to influence China's 270 million school children. This presentation will include a summary of the conference proceedings, including the future plans for the U.S.-China partnership and Sunny Sports Initiative. It also will include opportunities for discussion and a question-answer period.

For more information about the partnership, visit

For more information, contact Lloyd Kolbe, associate dean for global and community health at the School of HPER, at 812-322-2022 and To speak with Robert M. Goodman, dean of the School of HPER, contact Shelli Herndon at 812-855-1250 and For additional information, contact Tracy James, University Communications, at 812-855-0084 and