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Global Obesity Summit 2010 in Jackson addresses growing epidemic at ground zero
Date:11/5/2010

repeatedly absent to receive care for preventable diseases."

Reflecting its dual sponsorship by UMMC and the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, the conference offers two tracks: a scientifically oriented set of panel discussions, lectures and talks, and a track for business, health-care industry, policy and public interest.

Business and community leaders involved with the summit include Blake Wilson, president of the Mississippi Economic Council; Amy Ayers, vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi; Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi; Mayo Flint, president of AT&T Mississippi; Dr. Mary Currier, state health officer at the Mississippi Department of Health; and Dr. Jasmine Chapman, CEO of the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center.

The conference is endorsed by the American Physiological Society, the Inter-American Society of Hypertension, the Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association, and the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism of the American Heart Association.

Key speakers and events of the Global Obesity Summit 2010 will include:

  • Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will give the keynote address from 8-8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. She is a former two-term governor of Kansas and former chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association. In her role at the DHHS, she oversees nationwide public-health initiatives, including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the Biomedical Advanced Research Defense Administration, the Office of the Inspector General and the Administration on Aging.

  • Dr. Kenneth Cooper, known as the "Father of Aerobics," often is credited with pioneering preventive medicine. His 1968 book "Aerobics" promoted the exercise form and be
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Contact: Jack Mazurak
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601-984-1970
University of Mississippi Medical Center
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