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Dr. Ian Smith, creator of the ‘50 Million Pound Challenge,’ to speak at IU Northwest on April 6

Free program sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services at Indiana University Northwest invites the community to visit the campus on Monday, April 6, at 5 p.m., for a visit by one of the nation’s most popular weight-loss experts. Dr. Ian Smith is the New York Times best-selling author of The Extreme Fat-Smash Diet and the medical and diet expert on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.” He is also the creator of the popular “50 Million Pound Challenge,” an online weight-loss assistance program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, that encourages Americans to make their quest for fitness part of a community effort at creating a healthier nation.

Anyone in Northwest Indiana who is working to lose weight and attain a healthier lifestyle is encouraged to attend this free event and hear from Dr. Smith in person as he conveys his message of health and hope, along with plenty of useful fat-smashing tips. The IU Northwest College of Health and Human Services is committed to providing the community with opportunities for public health education and is excited to host one of America’s leading motivational speakers on health and diet issues.

Seating in the Savannah Center is first-come, first-served for this event. For more information, contact the IU Northwest Office of University Relations at (219) 980-6800. For more information about the 50 Million Pound Challenge, visit the Web at

In addition to his work for VH1, Dr. Ian Smith is also the host of “Meet the Faith” on BET and the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show, “HealthWatch,” on American Urban Radio Networks. He is a former medical correspondent who has been featured on NBC's "Nightly News" and the "Today" show, among others. Dr. Smith has also appeared on “The View,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” “Larry King Live,” and “Anderson Cooper 360.” He has written for a variety of high-profile newsmagazines, including Time, Newsweek, Men’s Health, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in such publications as People, Essence, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, and University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway. Dr. Smith was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his coverage of the momentous events of Sept. 11, 2001, and their aftermath.

Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard College and received a master’s degree in science education from Teachers College of Columbia University. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and then completed the final two years of medical education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Smith is the author of five books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Fat Smash Diet and Extreme Fat Smash Diet, as well as The Take-Control Diet, Dr. Ian Smith’s Guide to Medical Websites, and the award-winning novel The Blackbird Papers.

Established in 2007, the College of Health and Human Services at IU Northwest seeks to address the health issues that affect Northwest Indiana through research, community outreach, and the interdisciplinary education of tomorrow’s healthcare and social-service providers. For more information about CHHS programs, visit the Web at



Media Contact:

Christopher Sheid

Michelle Searer

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Dr. Ian Smith, creator of the '50 Million Pound Challenge'
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