The Arnold School will host the Inaugural Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold Childhood Obesity Lecture Series on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 3:45 – 5 p.m. The theme for the inaugural lecture, which is free and open to the public, is The Future of Youth Physical Activity Research: Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-based Interventions.
The seminar will take place in the Program Room of the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, located in the Thomas Cooper Library. The lecture series is sponsored by the Arnold School’s Department of Exercise Science and the Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative, which is a part of the Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold Institute on Aging. Refreshments will be served after the program.
Dr. James F. Sallis, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health University of California San Diego, will serve as the keynote speaker. Dr. Sallis’ primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition, and obesity. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and organizations.
Dr. Sallis is the author of over 600 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences. Thomson-Reuters identified him as one of the world’s most creative scientific minds of 2015. His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and the Bloomberg-Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. Dr. Sallis is President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.