The University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health will host the Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold 2017 Childhood Obesity Lecture on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 3:45 – 5 p.m. The theme for the lecture, which is free and open to the public, is Reducing costs and improving efficacy for pediatric weight management? An alternative really family-based treatment approach.
The seminar will take place in the Presidential Dining Room, located in the USC Alumni Center (900 Senate St, Columbia, S.C.). 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 before the program.
Dr. Brian E. Saelens is a professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and principal investigator at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Saelens came to Seattle in 2006, having started his faculty career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2000. He is trained as a clinical/health psychologist, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University and a master’s degree and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
His research interests include pediatric obesity treatment and prevention. His work examines strategies to improve the efficacy and reach of family-based weight management interventions for youth with already elevated weight status. He also explores how environmental factors and policies influence physical activity and eating behaviors in children and adults. He collaborates with community partners and local public health practitioners to help implement policy, systems, and environment change around healthy eating and active living. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, CDC, USDA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As of 2017, he has authored over 190 peer-reviewed scientific publications.