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Columbia Maps out the Obstacles and Opportunities for More Effective Obesity Prevention

As BMIs continue their upward trajectory, a group of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health faculty is hard at work seeking answers through a new, transformative initiative within the School – The Obesity Prevention Initiative – that will help foster innovative ways to generate scientific knowledge that we can translate into action. Dr. Y. Claire Wang, assistant professor of health policy and management, and Dr. Andrew Rundle, associate professor of epidemiology, lead this initiative with a goal of producing several jointly-authored position papers and a vision for more effective directions. “It is our responsibility to use innovative scientic thinking to chart a way forward to prevent this huge driver of chronic diseases, morbidity, and disability,” said Dean Linda Fried.