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CSU, UC Obesity Symposium Set for Sept. 22-23

Sept. 18, 2012


The UC Davis-Cal State Fullerton Nutrition and Childhood Obesity Symposium Sept. 22-23 will feature current research of childhood obesity and nutrition. The two-day conference is free and open to the public, with advance registration. Topics to be discussed include: “Nutritional Biology Topics Relevant to Issues of Obesity in Diverse Populations,” “Behavioral and Cultural Influences and Nutritional Interventions” and “Nutrition Literacy and Community Health.”


Sept. 22 and 23
8 a.m.-2 p.m. both days


Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831
Room 199 in the Kinesiology and Health Science Building


Speakers include UC Davis faculty members: Kenneth Brown, Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Lucia L. Kaiser, Martin Smith, Francene M. Steinberg and Christine Stewart.


Obesity is associated with such chronic diseases as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as a reduced quality of life and life expectancy, noted Archana J. McEligot, professor of health science and a symposium organizer. “At the same time, California’s immigrant population has substantially increased over recent decades. Data from the Public Policy Institute of California show that between 1970 and 2006, the number of California residents born abroad increased more than fivefold, from 1.8 million to 9.9 million. This shift in population demographics is significant because national studies show differences in obesity based on immigrant status. Given California’s dramatic increase in immigrant population and the fact that childhood obesity varies considerably by generational and immigrant status, education that addresses differences in ethnicity and focuses on at-risk children of immigrant- and U.S.-born parents, as well as educates diverse students, is critical to understand and reduce these disparities.”


Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Cancer Disparities Research, Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention and the Health Science Department. Funding is provided by a U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture Higher Education Challenge grant. The grant also established the Nutrition for a Changing World program at Cal State Fullerton, in partnership with UC Davis, to address the growing childhood obesity epidemic.


To register to attend the free symposium, visit


For more details, contact Lyanna Pillazar at or Archana McEligot at

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