The Sage Colleges 2012 Nutrition Lecture Series Presented by CDPHP

March 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Troy, NY --- Childhood obesity is unarguably a timely topic; the statistics are alarming.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.  The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period. In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

To address these issues, The Sage Colleges in partnership with CDPHP are proud to present the 2012 Nutrition Lecture Series, “Catalyzing Communities for Change: A Systems Approach for Obesity Prevention in Children” featuring Christina D. Economos, Ph.D., associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Dr. Economos has conducted extensive research addressing the interaction between exercise, diet, body composition, bone health and childhood obesity. She is the principal investigator of multiple large-scale studies examining childhood nutrition and physical activity with the goal of inspiring behavior, policy, and environmental change to improve the health of America's children. 

"Nutrition is the foundation for good health. Like a race car, your body needs the proper fuel to run its best,” said Dr. John Bennett, president and CEO, CDPHP. “In America, we know that one-third of adults are obese, a medical condition that leads to some of the leading causes of death. This epidemic is extremely costly with an estimated $150 billion dollar price tag on our nation’s health care system,” added Dr. Bennett.

Nina Marinello, Ph.D., chair of the  Nutrition Science Department at Sage acknowledges that, “We live in an environment that promotes obesity.  It is essential that we learn ways to transform our society so that we can look forward to a healthier tomorrow for our children.”  

Kelly Lynch, co-host of Chuck & Kelly and the WGY Morning News will emcee the event which is free and open to the public.   

Catalyzing Communities for Change:
A Systems Approach for Obesity Prevention in Children

Monday, March 26, 7pm
Bush Memorial, Russell Sage College
Troy, NY