Speaker: Addressing the Nation's Crisis with Nutrition and Obesity
As part of ORI’s 50th Anniversary Speaker Series, Kelly Brownell PH.D will speak on “Addressing the Nation’s Crisis with Nutrition and Obesity” on March 7th at the Eugene Hilton & Conference Center (66 East 6th Avenue) from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Kelly D. Brownell is Professor of Psychology at Yale University, where he also serves as Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and as Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. In 2006 Time magazine listed Kelly Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in its special Time 100 issue featuring those “… whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.”
Dr. Brownell was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2006 and served as President of several national organizations, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Brownell has advised the White House, members of congress, governors, world health and nutrition organizations, and media leaders on issues of nutrition, obesity, and public policy. He was cited as a “moral entrepreneur” with special influence on public discourse in a history of the obesity field and was cited by Time magazine as a leading “warrior” in the area of nutrition and public policy.
ABOUT THIS TALK: Americans are exposed to food and physical activity conditions that make an epidemic of obesity and related diseases such as diabetes both predictable and inevitable. There are debates about whether this results from biological or psychological issues in the individuals affected, or results from a worsening food and physical activity environment. The issue of personal versus corporate versus government responsibility will be discussed, with an eye to how key public policies can be changed to create healthier food conditions. Controversial issues such as a tax on sugared beverages and whether the food industry can be trusted to act in the public interest will be discussed, with a focus on how individuals can be involved at the local level in creating change.
Acknowledgements to the Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth (LCHAY), a SRTS Team Member for promoting this event. LCHAY works to increase awareness and educate the public about the causes and effects of childhood obesity and related diseases.