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Black History Month Observance will Focus on Obesity

By NIEHS
February 2005

The Research Triangle Park Chapter of Blacks in Government and the NIEHS Office of Clinical Research will observe Black History Month with a health disparities panel discussion on obesity Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. tonoon in conference room 101B of the Rodbell Auditorium.

The presentation will be the fourth of an annual series on health disparities. This year's theme is"Obesity: A Leading Predictor for Health Disparities and Early Death." Obesity is a high risk factor for several health disparities illnesses and for early death. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.

Panelists include LaVerne Reid, chair and associate professor in the Department of Health Education at North Carolina Central University; Nadine Godwin-Blake, executive directorof Child Nutrition Services in Durham Public Schools; an African American woman who participated in a weight-loss clinical study at Duke University; and Laura Svetkey, director of the Duke Hypertension Center and co-investigator of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension trial. Panelists will discuss exercise, nutrition, fad diets, diet choices for children, the role of the public school system, clinical trials, and recent revisions to the Food Pyramid.

The economic toll of obesity-related health conditions makes it an issue that affects everyone, said Marian Johnson-Thompson, the director of education and biomedical research development at NIEHS. Previous health-disparities health education presentations covered prostate cancer, lupus and uterine fibroids.



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