Obesity expert to discuss physical inactivity in children

UTHealth hosts fifth annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health

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AUSTIN – (April 11, 2011) – Helping children make the leap from a sedentary lifestyle to one of healthy physical activity to help battle an alarming rise in childhood obesity will be the focus of the fifth annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin.

The event is hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus. The school is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates obesity costs the U.S. government $147 billion a year. Almost 17 percent of U.S. children ages 2-19 are classified as obese.

WHAT:

The Fifth Annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health featuring information on how to get and keep children physically active in an inactive world.

WHEN:

April 15, 1 p.m.

WHO:

Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., professor and director of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group at The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, will be the keynote speaker.

WHERE:

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Amphitheater
The University of Texas at Austin
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

Note: Parking can be arranged for journalists who call in advance.

Meredith Raine
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030