‘Making Children Slim by Design’ theme of 2014 Lectureship in Child Health

UT School of Public Health event held April 17 in Austin

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AUSTIN – (March 17, 2014) – The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health will host its eighth annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Blanton Auditorium in Austin. The keynote speaker will be Brian Wansink, Ph.D., who has been called the “Sherlock Holmes of Food.”

The 2014 theme for the lectureship is “Making Children Slim by Design.”  Wansink is an award-winning researcher and author of the bestselling book, “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.” His research on food led to the introduction of “100 calorie” packages of food.

Wansink is the lead author of more than 150 academic articles and books on eating behavior and the John Dyson Professor of Consumer Behavior at Cornell University, where he directs the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. Wansink and his lab have been credited with improving the deeper scientific understanding of food eating and food shopping.

Austin American-Statesman columnist and acclaimed food writer Addie Broyles will lead a discussion following Wansink’s address about her experiences as a food writer and how to apply this academic research into practical changes.

The Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health is an annual event held in Austin to recognize distinguished researchers who have made outstanding contributions in child health. It is an academic forum to increase research capacity and partnerships within the Texas community and to provide visibility for scientists in the fields of child health and obesity prevention. The annual lectureship was established in 2007 by The University of Texas School of Public Health with funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Past lectureship speakers include J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., founding director of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, Russell Pate, Ph.D., director of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group at the University of South Carolina and Kelly Brownell, Ph.D., director of the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

Attendance for the event is free but registration is required. To register for the lectureship or receive more information, please visit http://childhealthlectureship.org.

About the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living was founded in 2006 with a grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to The University of Texas School of Public Health. The Center was established to conduct research to better understand and influence behaviors and environmental conditions that affect healthy living, with a vision of “healthy children in a healthy world.” The Center is housed at the UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  For more information visit www.msdcenter.org.

Hannah Rhodes
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