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Local utility company supports LR’s work to combat childhood obesity

Thu Jun 5 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Solmaz Institute for Obesity has received a $2,500 grant from the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation to purchase equipment needed to measure body fat of adolescent clients served by the program. Community Relations Manager Michael Durham, of Piedmont Natural Gas, presented the check to Kim Pennington, Director for the Solmaz Institute for Obesity, on June 3 at the Lenoir-Rhyne campus.

Other University officials present for the presentation included: Dr. Robert Allen, Executive Director of Development, and Dr. Barry Redmond, Coordinator of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

The Solmaz Institute for Obesity was established in 2009 with a $3,000,000 gift from Gungor and Diana Solmaz. The vision of the Institute is to equip families with the necessary skills and knowledge to make lasting changes in food selection and preparation, exercise habits, and nutritional decisions, leading to improved health for a lifetime.

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