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Lisa Pawloski on CHILDHOOD OBESITY, FEB. 26, 8PM

January 11, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES
THE VISION SERIES—
LISA PAWLOSKI
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
CHILDHOOD OBESITY: OUR NEWEST GLOBAL EPIDEMIC?
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2007 AT 8 PM

Fairfax, Virginia, January 11, 2007—Recognized as an emerging threat to the health of America’s children, childhood obesity contributes to the development of chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension, and increases the risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Once thought to be a strictly American phenomenon, researchers say that childhood obesity rates are soaring in nations still plagued with hunger and poverty. In this upcoming Vision Series lecture, Dr. Lisa Pawloski explores global trends of childhood obesity highlighting her research conducted in Mali, Nicaragua, and Thailand, during a free lecture on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. at George Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. A reception with the speaker follows the lecture.
Dr. Pawloski is an associate professor and Chair of George Mason University’s Department of Global and Community Health, College of Health and Human Services, where she also coordinates its masters in international health program. Dr. Pawloski’s special research interest in biocultural approaches on nutrition and health among adolescents led her to a yearlong fieldwork project in the Segou Region of Mali, West Africa. She continued her research program in Managua, Nicaragua and
then in suburban Thailand as well, where she explored the nutrition transition and emergence of obesity in developing countries. Dr. Pawloski’s latest research project involves implementing and evaluating nutrition intervention programs aimed at preventing obesity among children in Washington, DC.






Dr. Pawloski is personally dedicated to improving the health and nutrition of children and adolescents worldwide, which is exemplified by her role in developing the 2005 Bangkok Charter on Health Promotion at the World Health Organization’s 6th
Global Conference on Health Promotion.
The Vision Series offers the community a chance to share the frontiers of research and creativity with practitioners from across a wide spectrum of work. Each lecture is free and open to the public, held in the Concert Hall of Mason’s Center for the Arts, and is followed by a reception with the speaker.

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All Vision lectures are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and take place at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are required. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa/vision to reserve tickets and see the full lecture schedule, or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office (Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). For information call 703-993-8888. The Center for the Arts is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa for more information on this and other Center for the Arts events.