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Acting U.S. Surgeon General to Speak to Society for Adolescent Medicine on Prevention of Adolescent Overweight and Obesity
Date:3/20/2008

GREENSBORO, N.C., March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Adm. Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH, will speak on preventing adolescent overweight and obesity to members of the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) at their annual meeting being held in Greensboro, NC next week. Dr. Galson will speak on Friday, March 28 at 9 am during the plenary session to nearly 500 SAM members. In early March Dr. Galson kicked off a nationwide tour to promote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative, "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future," which targets overweight and obesity prevention and the promotion of healthy lifestyles for children.

The tour coincides with the theme for SAM's annual meeting: Adolescent Obesity: Prevention and Treatment. Members of SAM will discuss how they can help create environments for children and adolescents that focus on improving access to affordable healthy foods and provide opportunities for safe physical activity in schools and communities. In addition, experts in adolescent obesity will review how current treatment strategies that tackle adolescent obesity (behavioral, pharmacological, and bariatric surgery) can be implemented.

According to Dr. Galson, "Today more than 12.5 million children and adolescents 2 to 19 years of age are overweight and are at greater risk for numerous health consequences such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. By taking a look at what each of us can do in our lives and communities to make ourselves and our families healthier, we can begin to tackle this epidemic."

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will open the conference and discuss the scope of the adolescent obesity epidemic, its impact on health and on society, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's vision for reversing the epidemic by 2015. Dr. Lavizzo- Mourey is a national leader in transforming America's health systems so young people can live healthier lives and receive the health care they need. In April of 2007, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation pledged $500 million over the next five years to combat childhood obesity in the US - the largest commitment by any foundation to this issue.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Kelly Brownell, PhD, MPH, Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University and the Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Dr. Brownell is an internationally known expert on weight control. He has written 13 books and more than 200 research papers and book chapters, and holds appointments on 10 editorial boards. Dr. Brownell will discuss opportunities for addressing obesity clinically, as well as ways for health professionals to become active in changing the broader landscape by arguing for changes in schools, communities and the nation.

For more information on the meeting, or to arrange an interview, please contact Vaughn I. Rickert, PsyD, at 845-300-3170 or via e-mail at vir2002@columbia.edu or Martin Fisher, MD, at 516-457-7296 or via e-mail at fisher@nshs.edu. For more in-depth information about the Society for Adolescent Medicine, visit the SAM website at http://www.adolescenthealth.org

SAM is a multi-disciplinary organization of health professionals who are committed to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents. Through education, research, clinical services, and advocacy activities, members of the Society for Adolescent Medicine strive to enhance public and professional awareness of adolescent health issues among families, educators, policy makers, youth-serving organizations, students who are considering a health career as well as other health professionals.

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