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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 27, 2005

Youth Obesity Challenges, Solutions To Be Discussed Nov. 9 In Davenport

Obesity among children and teens is escalating throughout the United States at alarming rates, placing youngsters at risk for diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. On Nov. 9, Scott Community College will host, "Youth Obesity -- Its Obstacles and Remedies," a free program featuring area experts who will discuss policies, programs and best practices for treating childhood obesity.

Linda Snetselaar, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor of epidemiology, will discuss eating styles, the forces that drive eating and parents' role in forming healthy food habits. Representatives from Two Rivers YMCA, Scott County Kids and Children's Campus at St. Ambrose University will review their programs that address youth obesity.

The presentation will be held in rooms 204 and 206 of the Scott Community College Urban Center, 306 West River Dr., in Davenport. A reception and registration will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. talk. Continuing education credit is available for selected health professions. The program is co-sponsored by the UI College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association in partnership with the Eastern Iowa Community College District and the Quad City Health Initiative.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Scott Community College at 563-441-4100 or toll-free 888-336-3907 by Nov. 3. Callers should refer to class no. 05840 when registering.

More information about the educational outreach programs, continuing education credit and parking for the event can be found at

The statewide UI College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,; Program: Diana Baculis, 319-384-5485,