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Annual Michael & Susan Dell lectureship in child health
Date:4/10/2009

HOUSTON (April 10, 2009) The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus will host the third annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center Amphitheater in Austin.

Obesity expert Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is this year's guest lecturer and will present, "Childhood Obesity: Which Children are at Highest Risk and Why?" The event is free and open to the public.

Kumanyika's academic and clinical areas of interest include epidemiology, nutrition, minority health and women's health issues. Her current studies involve developing and evaluating interventions to prevent or treat obesity, with particular focus on African-American and Latino populations. Kumanyika is involved in numerous national and international public health-related committees and is a consultant to the World Health Organization.

This year's lectureship will have a moderated panel discussion including Deanna M. Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., professor and director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, Steven H. Kelder, Ph.D., M.P.H, professor and co-director, and Aliya Esmail Hussaini, M.D., U.S. health portfolio director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Childhood obesity is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination surveys. Surveys taken from 1976� and 2003� found the prevalence of obesity increased. For children ages 2𔃃, prevalence increased from 5 percent to 12.4 percent. For those ages 6󈝷, prevalence increased from 6.5 percent to 17 percent and for those ages 12󈝿 years, prevalence increased from 5 percent to 17.6 percent'/>"/>

Contact: Jade Waddy
jade.waddy@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3307
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Source:Eurekalert

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