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National Danish Performance Team to visit university

February 20, 2017
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By Melissa Seguin

The National Danish Performance Team will perform in Athens Feb. 20-Feb. 22 as part of a 10-month world tour.

The NDPT consists of 28 athletes and five chaperones who travel the world to stress the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle and to encourage exercise. The group also strives to promote understanding in the world while presenting an important part of Danish culture and voluntarism. The athletes range in age from 19-28.

On Feb. 21, two Clarke County schools, Chase Street Elementary and Fowler Drive Elementary, will host workshops featuring performers from the team. These workshops will promote healthy living through sports and gymnastics as a fun and empowering activity.

Schools were selected based on their engagement with UGA's Physical Activity and Learning Program, which was launched with seed funding from the Obesity Initiative.

This ongoing study based in the College of Education's kinesiology department explores the relationship between exercise and academics and incorporates games and activities into after-school homework time.

Later that day, the NDPT will put on its IMANI show in the Ramsey Center volleyball arena, sponsored by the UGA Obesity Initiative, UGA Recreational Sports, the UGA Division of Student Affairs, Fight Against Youth Obesity and Exercise is Medicine. The show begins at 7:15 p.m. and is free to the public.

On Feb. 22, the performers will visit the UGA Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center as well as the Clarke County Early Learning Center.

These visits are in partnership with the Eat Healthy, Be Active program in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

More information and videos can be found at https://www.dgi.dk/ndpt.

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