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UC Focuses on America's Obsession with Weight

Published October 2003

The UC Just Community Initiative will turn its focus to the growing problem of obesity and body image when it hosts its annual fall program titled "Food, Fitness and Fads: Truth or Consequences" Thursday, Oct. 16 at noon and 3 p.m.

Keynote speaker Ronda Gates, MS, RPh, CLC, a nationally recognized health professional and graduate of the UC College of Pharmacy, will focus on America's obsession with weight and how to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to maintaining a healthy body and body image. This program is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs and the MainStreet Program at UC.

Two presentations have been scheduled. The first will take place at noon in Room E-351 of the Medical Sciences Building on Albert Sabin Way. At 3 p.m., Gates will present in Room 525 of the Old Chemistry Building.

Gates has acted as a consultant for Weight Watchers, Walking and Fitness magazines, and is a spokeswoman for Speaking of Women's Health Foundation. She is the author of five best-selling books including "Smart Eating," and "Smart Women, Strong Bones." Gates' company, LIFESTYLES, develops and delivers programs and products that support a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit

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