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These Hopkins High School students won the 2009 Golden Femur award with their video "Blood Cells." The 2010 awards will be handed out Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Minnesota high school students compete for "Golden Femur" in U of M video contest Wednesday, Nov. 17

What: Minnesota high school students compete for "Golden Femur" in U of M video contest
When: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17
Where: U of M's Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 425 Delaware St. S.E., Minneapolis.

Contacts: Diane  Cormany, College of Education and Human Development,, (612) 626-5650
Patty Mattern, University News Service,, (612) 624-2801

November 16, 2010

Who has the healthier diet -- 18-year-olds today or their grandparents when they were 18? That is the question high school students set out to answer in videos as part of the University of Minnesota's Competition for Best College in our Schools (CIS) Anatomy and Physiology Video.

More than 400 students representing 15 high schools across Minnesota will gather Wednesday at the U of M to see who has produced the best and most creative  video to emphasize concepts from Michael Pollan's book "In Defense of Food." The winners of the contest -- which is part of the university's College in the Schools (CIS) program -- will take home the coveted Golden Femur trophy.

The video awards ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17,  in the U of M's Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 425 Delaware St. S.E., Minneapolis.

Teams produced 20- to 90-second videos that highlight an interview with an elder (preferably a grandparent) pertaining to their diets when they were 18 years old and then comparing their diets to what 18-year-olds eat today. Students developed a script and a storyboard, selected or designed an appropriate setting and demonstrated creative shooting and editing.

The winner in the second annual video awards will receive the Golden Femur, a traveling trophy.

Second place winners will earn a Silver Scapula, while the third team walks away with a Bronze Ulna. A number of runners up will also be honored during the ceremony. Once announced on Wednesday, winning videos will be posted at

Murray Jensen, associate professor in the U of M's College of Education and Human Development, developed the video competition as the faculty coordinator for the U of M course "Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology" offered through CIS.

Through the class and the video project, students are learning that their elders were likely healthier due to their consumption of fresh foods and their level of physical activity, Jensen says. Overconsumption of fast foods and lack of physical exercise likely makes this generation less healthy, he says. The video competition helps instill the importance of a healthy diet, Jensen says.

"We want the students to learn the basics of food and nutrition, and how "the western diet" (e.g., too many calories, too much food, etc.) is directly connected to diabetes and atherosclerosis -- two expensive and complicated diseases," Jensen says. "We want our students to become knowledgeable health care leaders, and this project is a step in that direction."

UCare Fund awarded a grant that provided the money for teachers to develop the curriculum materials used by the students in this program. The grant also provided funds for other resources in the program that is titled "Smart and Healthy Students, Smart and Healthy Families."

College in the Schools at the University of Minnesota develops partnerships between the University of Minnesota and high school teachers and administrators. Students get firsthand experience with a faster pace of study and increased academic rigor while earning university credits. For more information, visit


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videoExample video entry - "Who Eats Better?" 

Example video entry - "Who Eats Better?"

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