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    SUMMIT TO DISCUSS GROWING NATIONAL OBESITY RATE AND MULTI-GENERATIONAL PREVENTION

    Contact: Ronna Branch
                    404-752-1717
                    rbranch@msm.edu

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SUMMIT TO DISCUSS GROWING NATIONAL OBESITY RATE AND  MULTI-GENERATIONAL PREVENTION 
    The 2013 Blumenthal Public Health Summit to cite nutrition and  exercise as life-saving solutions 

    ATLANTA – March 26, 2013 – As one of seven states to double obesity rates in the past 15 years, according to the University of Georgia’s Obesity Initiative, Georgia’s health will be the focus of the 2013 Annual Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal Public Health Summit, April 2-3, 2013 on the campus of Morehouse School of Medicine. This year’s theme, “Preventing Obesity through the Life Stages,” will drive discussions around causes and solutions of obesity as a health problem for all life stages.

    Nationally recognized speakers include:   

    Howard K. Koh M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, Former Director for the Centers for Disease for Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (NCCDPHP) 

    David Satcher, MD, PhD, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute and former U.S. Surgeon General

    Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health and State Health Officer 
    The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine (CHPM) established Public Health Day in 2007 to educate physicians, public health professionals, researchers, public health students, medical students, residents, and community members on emerging public health issues.  In 2010, the MSM CHPM held a Festschrift conference in honor of Public Health Day and declared all future Public Health Day activities as the Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal Public Health Summit to honor the 35 year legacy of Dr. Blumenthal’s contributions to medicine, community health and community empowerment. The two day event will include interactive workshops, exhibits, prizes, as well as opportunities to network and dialogue with fellow public health colleagues.


    Summit participants will have an opportunity to:  

    Discuss the growing problem of obesity and its association to other diseases and disorders in children, adolescents and adults
    Recognize the major factors contributing to the increased prevalence of overweight and obese populations
    Identify resources within communities to help to reduce risk factors for obesity
    Describe strategies for translating research into applications for the prevention of obesity
    Support public policies that promote ways to prevent obesity and related chronic diseases through healthy diets and physical activity

    Get additional information and register here.

    About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as a two-year Medical Education Program at Morehouse College with clinical training affiliations with several established medical schools for awarding the M.D. degree. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution and the first medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctorate and master degrees.

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