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Tenth Annual Mini-Medical School to focus on obesity

Indiana University and Methodist Hospitals to offer workshop on Defeating the Epidemic of Obesity in Northwest Indiana

Approximately 300,000 Americans die each year because of preventable weight-related health problems. The epidemic of obesity-related disease has hit Northwest Indiana residents particularly hard since more than two-thirds are overweight or obese. Community members who are interested in learning about health issues surrounding obesity are invited to attend a free four-session MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL WORKSHOP ON DEFEATING OBESITY sponsored jointly by Indiana University and Methodist Hospitals. In its tenth year, the unique and popular Mini Medical School will be held on four consecutive Monday evenings in April. Each session will feature an in-depth, informative look at one of today’s most important health topics.

Director and Assistant Dean of the IU School of Medicine--Northwest, Dr. Patrick Bankston states, “In addition to training Indiana’s future physicians, we have made a commitment to provide medical and health information to the citizens of Northwest Indiana. In past years, hundreds of Northwest Indiana residents, from more than twenty different communities have attended this public lecture series. This year because of an education grant from the Northwest Indiana United Way organizations we have partnered with the IU School of Nursing-Northwest and Methodist Hospitals. Together, we can help residents of Northwest Indiana better understand the risks associated with obesity and empower them to take control over their own health.”

Dr. Linda Rooda, Dean of the IU Northwest School of Nursing and Health Professions is project director of this year’s Workshop on Defeating Obesity. She observes: “This year, each of the Mini Medical School sessions will present different, health-related discussions on obesity. The lectures by leaders in Northwest Indiana healthcare are designed to be fun and informative to a general non-student audience. Those who attend all four of the Mini Medical School sessions will receive a certificate of ‘graduation’. Participants who ‘graduate’ from the Mini Medical School will not be medical doctors, but they will be able to make important decisions about their own health and the health of their families” adds Dr. Rooda.

The Mini Medical School Workshop on Defeating Obesity schedule includes:

Session 1 (April 3): What and How You Eat DOES Make a Difference.

Lecturers: Methodist Hospitals Nutritionist Katherine Lipari and Chef Ray Flores.

Session 2 (April 10): 21st Century Epidemic: Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome:

A heart doctor discusses obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Lecturer: Dr. Zlatan Stepanovic, Merrillville Cardiologist

Session 3 (April 17): Diabetes and Its Links to Obesity

An endocrinologist will discuss obesity as a major cause of diabetes

Session 4 (April 24): Save The Children!

Advice from a children’s doctor about the threat of childhood obesity.

Lecturer: Dr. Steve Simpson, Gary Pediatrician

The Mini Medical School sessions will be held from 6:00 - 7:30 at the Savannah Center on the Indiana University Northwest campus at 3400 Broadway, Gary IN. The sessions and parking are free to the public. There will be ample time for questions from the audience and complimentary healthy refreshments will be provided.

Registration for one or all of the lectures is easy and free: simply call 219/980-6603 (or 980-6550) to hold a position in the class, or for more information.



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer
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