Preventing Early Childhood Obesity to be Discussed at BGSU Firelands

Huron, Ohio – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years and the percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7 percent  in 1980 to nearly 20 percent in 2008.

This growing social issue will be discussed in depth on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Bowling Green State University Firelands College as guest speaker Robert Murray provides a workshop on Early Childhood – the Front Line in Obesity Management.

Murray is a professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University and formerly was the director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  With more than 25 years of experience in the field, Murray specializes in pediatric obesity and is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject.

He is active at the local and state level in the areas of public policy, education, and community-based research.  Murray is also the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health and is their representative to the national Action for Healthy Kids initiative, promoting school policies that combat obesity.

Murray’s presentation will be on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center at the BGSU Firelands campus in Huron.  Continuing Education Units will also be offered free to dietitians who attend Murray’s presentation.

The event is free and open to the public and is presented through the BGSU Firelands Community Enrichment Series which is funded by private donors.

For more information contact BGSU Firelands at 419.433.5560 or visit the website at www.firelands.bgsu.edu