AUSTIN, Texas, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --
WHEN: Lecture: Thursday, April 10, 2008 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Media Interviews: Individual interviews with spokespeople
available before and after lecture. Contact
email@example.com to schedule.
WHERE: The University of Texas at Austin
Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
[Located on the Southwest corner of Dean Keeton and Red River]
WHO: Introduction: Janet Mountain, Executive Director of the Michael &
Susan Dell Foundation
Janet Mountain is the executive director of the Michael & Susan
Dell Foundation, the Dell family foundation dedicated to
improving the lives of children living in urban poverty
throughout the world. Preventing childhood obesity is a priority
for the Dell family foundation, which is a partial funder of the
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living.
Guest Lecturer: Dr. William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Dietz is the Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical
Activity and Obesity Prevention in the Center for Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to his appointment to the
CDC, he was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Tuft's University
School of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Nutrition at the
Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals. He
has been a councilor and past president of the American Society
for Clinical Nutrition and past president of the North American
Association for the Study of Obesity. Highly recognized for his
expertise and advocacy in healthy living through good nutrition
and regular physical activity, he is also the author of more than
150 publications in the scientific literature, and the editor of
four books, including A Guide to Your Child's Nutrition.
Panel Members: Dr. Deanna M. Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.,
C.N.S.; Dr. Cheryl L. Perry, Ph.D.; Dr. Guy S. Parcel, Ph.D.
Dr. Hoelscher is the Director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center
for Advancement of Healthy Living at The University of Texas
School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus. She has been
Principal Investigator of the Texas site CATCH grants, and the
Incorporation of More Physical Activity and Nutrition (IMPACT)
grant, a NIH-supported study examining the effects of a
behaviorally-based school health program on osteoporosis risk
factors in children, as well as the School Physical Activity and
Nutrition (SPAN) Project, and the School-Based Nutrition
Monitoring Project, a CDC and USDA funded study to develop
surveillance tools for schools and schoolchildren. Dr. Hoelscher
is currently working on projects to document the dissemination of
the CATCH program across Texas, to evaluate the effects of
nutrition and physical activity policies on child health, to
elucidate the interactions between genetic factors and dietary
behaviors, and to study the inter-relationships of dietary and
physical activity behaviors and biological and psychosocial
factors in children.
Dr. Cheryl Perry is Professor and Regional Dean at The University
of Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus. In
2007, she was named the Rockwell Chair in Society and Health at
the UT School of Public Health. In 2006, she received the
Prevention Science Award at the Society for Prevention Research
and in 2005, was recognized as one of the 100 Most-Cited
Researchers in Tobacco-Related Research from the journal Tobacco
Control. Dr. Perry is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board
for Communities That Care, University of Washington. Her current
research involves obesity and tobacco use prevention in India,
as well as a longitudinal study of teen tobacco use related to
state tobacco education funding and policies. She is the Senior
Scientific Editor of the forthcoming (2010) Surgeon General's
Report on youth and tobacco use.
Dr. Guy S. Parcel, is Dean, M. David Low Chair in Public Health,
and John P. McGovern Professor in Health Promotion at The
University of Texas School of Public Health. He has been Dean
since 2005 and is the School's third Dean since the School was
established in 1969. Dr. Parcel has authored or co-authored over
200 scientific papers and book chapters over the past 35 years.
He has directed National Institutes of Health- and Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded research projects to
develop and evaluate programs to address sexual risk behavior in
adolescents, diet and physical activity in children, smoking
prevention in adolescents, and self-management of childhood
chronic diseases including asthma and cystic fibrosis.
WHAT: Dr. Bill Dietz's lecture is "What Can We Do to Address the
Epidemic of Childhood Obesity?" Dr. Dietz will discuss key
learnings from tobacco control that apply to tackling childhood
obesity and the various levels of intervention, community
involvement and evidence needed to be successful. In addition,
Dr. Dietz will present the six levers that can help control the
childhood obesity epidemic in our country.
The Michael & Susan Dell Center for the Advancement of Healthy
Living (http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/dellhealthyliving) was founded
in 2006 with a grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to
The University of Texas School of Public Health. The Center was
established to conduct research to better understand and
influence behaviors and environmental conditions that affect
healthy living, with a vision of 'healthy children in a healthy
world'. The Center is housed in the newly created University of
Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus, in Austin,
|SOURCE The Michael & Susan Dell Center for the Advancement ofHealthy|
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