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Dr. Lawrence Pan, chair and professor in physical therapy, serves as program director and Dr. Paula Papanek, director of the programs in exercise science, serves as co-program director for Marquette's Youth Empowered to Succeed. YES is testing innovative ideas to promote healthy lifestyles in Hispanic middle school children at Bruce Guadalupe Community School. YES represents partnership between Marquette University, the United Community Center, Bruce Guadalupe Community School, and Latino Arts. Nutrition, fitness training, recreational activities, UCC Teen Center activities, academic enrichment in the sciences, tutorials and mentorship by our Marquette students in health sciences are provided in YES programming. Academic year programming after school and an extensive summer program are keys to the program. YES is funded by a $900,000 grant over three years from the Department of Health and Human Services through its Office of Minority Health. In addition, OMH has awarded Marquette's Department of Physical Therapy another $200,000 to write a national document of YES success stories which will be distributed throughout HHS and the government about this grant program.

Michelle Polfuss, Ph.D., RN, CPNP-AC/PC, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, is the elected chair of the Childhood Obesity Special Interest Group though the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. The group is sponsoring a preconference on childhood obesity in San Antonio, Texas, in March 2012 for the Annual NAPNAP conference. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Physical Activity and Nutrition workgroup.

Christopher Simenz, Ph.D., clinical associate professor and practicum coordinator of the program in exercise science, is on the administrative team for the Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention grant with United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee. This is a program funded for $360,000 through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Chris is also a Co-investigator on a grant proposal submitted to Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Programs for Supporting Families for Health: A multi-disciplinary approach to engage community.

Stacy Stolzman, MPT, partners with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and is developing a Ph.D. project in pediatric obesity.