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Columbia Celebrates NPHW with Lectures, Physical Activity, and Healthy Eating

The Mailman School of Public Health commemorates National Public Health Week with Mailman Moves, a line-up of activity, healthy eating, and information from a range of experts.  In tandem with the School’s first Obesity-Prevention Month, faculty, staff, and students will join Dean Linda Fried on April 6 at the kick-off to Healthiest Nation 2030,hosted by the Food Policy and Obesity Prevention Student Group and Office of Student Affairs.


Classes in zumba and yoga, a Staircase Scavenger Hunt highlighting important milestones in the history of public health, will be matched with “Hike the Heights” walking tour of Northern Manhattan public parks.  In support of Sid Lerner’s “I Love NY Water” campaign, students, faculty, and staff will be encouraged to stay hydrated with complimentary H20.  For healthy lifestyles “on the go”, the Mailman community can also participate in “Mobile Wellness” activities courtesy of the Center for Student Wellness.

A series of talks include:

A Grand Rounds lecture by Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the department of nutrition, food studies, and public health at NYU, Food Politics 2015: From Personal Responsibility to Policy Advocacy”

A discussion on “Food Insecurity and Government Food Assistance Programs” led by sociomedical sciences assistant professor Dr. Rachel Shelton, and health policy and management’s Dr. Claire Wang, associate professor and co-director of the Obesity Prevention Initiative

A talk by Dr. Andrew Rundle, associate professor of epidemiology, and obesity prevention initiative co-director, on “Prenatal Exposures to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Air Pollution and Childhood Obesity”

A Dean’s Seminar on Chronic Disease, “Learning to Eat: Determinates of Feeding Behaviors and the Social Epidemiology of Eating” with Dr. Julie Mennella, Monell Center, and Dr. Nicole Avena, Mt. Sinai and author of Why Diets Fail

An Epidemiology Grand Rounds lecture, Seeking Equity in Solutions to Obesity:
Spinning the Wheels of Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Class” by Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, Emeritus Professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

New York City Health Commissioner
and Mailman School associate professor of epidemiology Dr. Mary Bassett on
“Bringing a Public Health Lens to Health Care Delivery”

“A Smart Start: A Symposium on Preventing Childhood Obesity” with faculty experts and the assistant commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Epidemiology.  A plenary session on Why Focus on Pregnancy and Early Childhood?” to be followed by panels and a roundtable discussion on the future directions for research and action

A talk by Mr. Gary Taubes, author of “Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories”, on“Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and an Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity”.

A presentation, “Global Obesity: Implications for Low Income Countries” by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director, ICAP; University Professor of epidemiology and University Professor of medicine.

A lecture, “Transforming Health in America: Policies, Communications, and Social Change,” with Dr. Thomas Farley, Public Good Projects and former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.