Carnegie Mellon University
April 28, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon University's "Fitwits" Partners with Propel McKeesport, Grow Pittsburgh To Start Home Gardens


Contact: Teresa Thomas / 412-268-2900 /

Event: Fitwits, a transdisciplinary design research endeavor at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design led by Kristin Hughes, an associate professor of Design, has begun to impact the lives of local communities by addressing unhealthy lifestyles and obesity. The program, along with Grow Pittsburgh will host "Let's Grow, Propel! Family Gardening Adventure." Families will learn about gardening from the Fitwits and Grow Pittsburgh with games, food and a plant to get you started.

Fitwits is a system of products and services that enable families to participate in a discussion about health, instead of feeling like the recipients of a lesson or the target of a health intervention. The program is designed to encourage hands-on learning, allowing families the opportunity to interact with each other, ask questions, negotiate, invent and play. The Fitwits team advocates for the improved health communications and resources in all facets of families' lives.

When: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28

Where: Propel McKeesport Cafeteria, 2412 Versailles Ave. McKeesport, PA 15132


To RSVP: Tina Chekan,