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Columbia Fights Obesity: A Month on the Science of Nutrition

The Columbia Unviersity Mailman School of Public Health has organized a full month of symposia, lectures, and activities focused on reducing obesity. “Public Health Fights Obesity: A Month on the Science of Nutrition” kicks off with an April 1 lecture by Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the department of nutrition, food studies, and public health at NYU. Dr. Nestle,whose research focuses on how science and society influence dietary advice and practice, will deliver “Food Politics 2015: From Personal Responsibility to Policy Advocacy.” She is a former senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and managing editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. Dr. Nestle has also been a member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee and Science Board, the Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and American Cancer Society committees that issue dietary guidelines for cancer prevention.


[Photo: Dr. Marion Nestle]

On April 16, the Mailman School will hold “A Smart Start: A Symposium on Preventing Childhood Obesity” with faculty experts and the assistant commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Epidemiology. A plenary session on Why Focus on Pregnancy and Early Childhood?” will be followed by panels and a roundtable discussion on the future directions for research and action.

The series culminates in a lecture on April 28 by Dr. Thomas Farley, CEO of Public Good Projects and former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, “Transforming Health in America: Policies, Communications, and Social Change.” Visit the Full Calendar of Events

Columbia Mailman School Grand Rounds
: Wednesday, April 1, 4:00 p.m. 
Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168 Street, NYC 10032.