National Expert to Speak on Childhood Obesity at Boys Town
Release Date: 09/26/2007

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OMAHA, Neb.—One in three Nebraska students K-12 is overweight or faces the risk of being overweight due to a combination of unhealthy eating habits and a lack of physical exercise. Alegent Health, Boys Town Pediatrics, the Douglas County Health Department and Our Healthy Community Partnership are partnering to help curb these staggering statistics by organizing a community program entitled “Community Responses to Childhood Obesity.” The featured speaker for the special presentation is nationally recognized expert William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) director of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. Dr. Dietz will discuss the national epidemic of childhood obesity and a local panel of Omaha experts will also report on the local community response at a free seminar taking place Thurs., Sept. 27 at Boys Town Music Hall located at 13715 Flanagan Boulevard in Omaha, Neb., beginning at 7 p.m.

Dr. Dietz is the past president of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and in 2005 received the George Bray Founders Award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. Prior to his CDC appointment, Dr. Dietz was a Pediatrics professor at the Tuft’s University School of Medicine and the Director of clinical Nutrition at the Floating Hospital of New England Medical Center Hospitals. Dr. Dietz is the author of over 150 publications in the scientific literature and the editor of four books, including ‘A Guide to your Child’s Nutrition’.

During the community program, Activate Omaha Kids and other Omaha experts will report on the local response to childhood obesity. The community program on childhood obesity is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to