"A Comprehensive, Partnered Approach to Obesity Prevention: Lessons from Philadelphia” will be discussed at the next Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Community Engagement Speaker Series, held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in MSB E-351.
Featured presenters are:
- Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH, health commissioner and deputy mayor for health and opportunity, City of Philadelphia. Prior to entering government service, Schwarz was vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and deputy physician-in-chief and Craig-Dalsimer division chief for adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
- Gary Foster, PhD, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University. Foster’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of obesity. His current research interests include the effects of weight loss on sleep apnea, the role of school breakfast in preventing childhood obesity, and the effects of changing the environment in corner stores and supermarkets in low-income areas.
- Brian Lang, director of the Supermarket Campaign with the Food Trust. Lang works to improve everyone’s access to affordable nutritious food. Recently, he has worked with state and local governments in New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Colorado to advocate for and develop policies that bring supermarkets to underserved communities.Ample time will be provided for questions and discussion following the presentations.
The presenters will also participate in a community forum and coffee hour that morning at 8:30 a.m. in the United Way’s Fifth Third Convening Center, 2400 Reading Road. Both events are free and open to the public. Local academic-community health research partnerships will be featured.