Helping young athletes make smart nutrition practices is the focus of a program from Iowa State University (ISU) Extension for coaches, teachers, and athletic directors. "Parents depend on teachers and coaches to give their players accurate information about training diets, supplements and fluids," said Jill Weber, Nutrition and Health Program Specialist. "These sessions are designed to help coaches and others know what kind of advice they can offer."
The program includes information on training diets, supplements, fluids, prevention of athletic injuries, eating disorders and current research presented by faculty in the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Kinesiology at ISU. The program, delivered as a webinar, is hosted by local extension and AEA offices. Throughout the program, activities will be facilitated by ISU Extension nutrition and health program specialists at each location. The program scheduled for June 7 and 8, 2011 will be hosted at the following locations:
Black Hawk County-Waterloo, Des Moines County-Burlington, East Pottawattamie County-Carson, Kossuth County-Algona, Scott County-Bettendorf, Story County-Ames, Wapello County-Ottumwa, Webster County-Fort Dodge, Woodbury County-Sioux City.
Participants can register for coaching reauthorization, teaching license recertification or graduate credit. Registration is online on the Area Education Agency (AEA) 11 web site link through prodev.aea11.k12.ia.us/4DCGI/AC000199171201. Information also is available from local ISU Extension offices.