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University of Iowa News Release

March 17, 2004

UI To Host Program On Obesity March 31 In Marion

Watching one's weight isn't always easy. In fact, more than half of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. To help explain the obesity epidemic and what is known about weight loss, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, UI Alumni Association and Kirkwood Community College are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public titled, "Weighty Matters: Understanding Obesity, Treatment and Nutrition."

The free program will be Wednesday, March 31 in Room 100 of the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services Center, 3375 Armar Dr., in Marion. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 to 7:30 p.m. program and discussion.

In this presentation, speakers will examine the role nutrition, eating style and culture play in maintaining a healthy weight; discuss the importance of a comprehensive approach to treating obesity; and talk about the exciting future possibilities for Iowans at a new weight reduction center under development at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Continuing education credit for attending the program is available for selected health professions.

The featured speakers are Linda Snetselaar, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, and Khurram Qadir, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Jasmine Grassi at 319-384-5485. Walk-ins are welcome.

The statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. More information about the educational outreach programs can be found at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, Program: Jasmine Grassi, 319-384-5485