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Experts Advisory: Experts on "Our Nation’s Health" including Health Care Reform and Policies, Childhood Obesity and Nutrition at the University at Albany

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150



Nina Marinello

UAlbany experts on health care reform, nutrition and childhood obesity.

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 3, 2010) -- University at Albany faculty experts discuss health topics, including health care reform and policies, childhood obesity and nutrition.

Health Care Buzz – On the heels of President Obama’s health care summit, Democrats and Republicans continue to try to hammer out a compromise for a national reform plan. Associate Professor Timothy Hoff, School of Public Health, offers insight into the transformation of the health care system and current reform legislation.

Childhood Obesity Fight – First lady Michelle Obama recently rolled out her national initiative -- the "Let’s Move" project -- to combat childhood obesity. The initiative encourages more nutrition information, increased physical activity, easier access to healthy foods and, ultimately, personal responsibility. Professors Drew Anderson and Kirsten Davison discuss children and nutrition, including the parenting practices that place children at risk of becoming overweight, as well as the psychology of eating disorders. 
National Nutrition Month – For some, healthy and well-balanced diets are difficult while facing the temptation of vending machines and fast food. With March designated as "National Nutrition Month," organizations like the American Dietetic Association are emphasizing the importance of sound eating and physical activity habits. Coordinator of Sports Nutrition Nina Marinello discusses the role of nutrition and genetics on health, athletic performance and weight management.

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