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  FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Loma Linda University SPH Hosts Conference on Obesity and Type-2 diabetes

On March 10 and 11, Loma Linda University School of Public Health will host Healthy People 2009, a conference on obesity and type-2 diabetes that focuses on how lifestyle can prevent and treat these two conditions. The topic is a major public health concern in this country, where one-third of adults are obese and 10 percent of adults suffer from diabetes.

During the two-day event held in Loma Linda, CA, more than 30 speakers will present new findings, best practices and lessons learned in the battle against these debilitating diseases that affect all populations in our society.

katzA Yale University/Griffin Hospital expert on nutrition, weight control and the prevention of chronic disease will open the conference on Tuesday, March 10, with a keynote address on "The Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI): GPS for the Modern Food Landscape." The speaker, Dr. David Katz, is an ABC News medical consultant, as well as a syndicated health and nutrition columnist for The New York Times. He also directs the Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center.

haskellThe second day’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr. William L. Haskell of Stanford University. He will speak on "2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans—The Scientific Rationale and Implications for Public Health." Dr. Haskell is professor of medicine (active emeritus) at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He has served on numerous national and international panels responsible for developing guidelines for physical activity and health, preventive cardiology cardiac rehabilitation, and health promotion.

Other speakers include Dr. Michael A. Weiss, president of the Orange County Chapter of The American Academy of Pediatrics and chair of the Chapter’s Committee on Fitness and Nutrition; Dr. Antronette Yancey, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health; Dr. Panayotis (Peter) K. Thanos of Brookhaven National Laboratory; Dr. Serena Tonstad, professor at Loma Linda University; Dr. Robert Ogilvie, program director for the Planning for Healthy Places, Public Health Law & Policy; and Dr. Michael Parkinson, president of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

The conference offers continuing education credits for medical doctors, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, certified health educators, registered dietitians and more.

Please visit for registration information and the complete program lineup, or call (909) 558-8382. Healthy People is an annual lifestyle conference devoted to a different public health concern each year.