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University of Iowa News Release

April 28, 2005

Healthy Weight, Aging Subject Of May 11 Program In Independence

Nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population is overweight or obese. At the same time, members of the Baby Boom generation are beginning to enter their senior years. To help individuals learn more about what they can do to manage their weight and health as they age, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, UI Alumni Association, Buchanan County Health Center and Hawkeye Community College are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public titled, "Weighty Matters: How Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Aging Influence Health."

The free program will be held Wednesday, May 11 in the cafeteria of Independence Middle School, located at 1301 First St. West in Independence. 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, Linda Snetselaar, Ph.D., and Neal D. Kohatsu, M.D., UI associate professors of epidemiology, will provide an overview of the obesity epidemic; examine the role nutrition, eating style and culture play in maintaining a healthy weight; and discuss how exercise may help to prevent physical disability as people age.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Carolyn Barko at 319-384-5485. Walk-ins are welcome. Continuing education credit for attending the program is available for selected health professions.

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 and continuing education credit can be found at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,