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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2003

Former Surgeon General David Satcher
Speaks to Miami Valley Doctors on the Obesity Epidemic

DAYTON, OHIO-David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., former Surgeon General for the United States will addressDavid Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.obesity issues with local physicians and health care workers at The Obesity Epidemic: Prevention and Treatment Conference and Health Fair. The event will be held on October 11 at 8:00 a.m., in room 172 in the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center, 444 West Third Street, Dayton. The cost to attend the half-day event is $75 per person and is accredited for continuing medical education (CME) credits for physicians. Space is limited so pre-registration for the event is recommended.

The objectives for the session are: to explain the pathophysiology of carbohydrate craving and insulin resistance and its link to obesity; examine the best treatment options for insulin resistance and carbohydrate cravings; and employ strategies to help patients reverse or prevent insulin resistance and carbohydrate cravings.

"This event is paramount for the medical community at large," states Daniel Preud'Homme, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Wright State University School of Medicine, and one of the event's speakers. "With the obesity epidemic rising in the adult and pediatric populations, action is necessary NOW for physicians to better understand the underlying metabolic and endocrine causes which create circumstances for weight gain, and also for evaluating and treating this complex issue."

Adi Mehta, M.D., noted endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic will also be a featured speaker, along with Dr. Preud'Homme who is also director of the Lipid Clinic at Children's Medical Center in Dayton.

Dr. Satcher is director of the new National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine and served as a Senior Visiting Fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation, where he spent time reflecting, writing, and speaking about his experiences in government. He served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and was only the second to hold simultaneously the position of Assistant Secretary for Health. Prior to these appointments, Satcher served four years as director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he successfully spearheaded initiatives that markedly increased childhood immunization nationwide. He was president of Meharry Medical College from 1982-1993 and served previously as professor and chair of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Practice at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Satcher is committed to promoting quality primary care, the elimination of disparities in health and making public health work for all groups in this nation.

The event is sponsored by a grant from Roche Pharmaceuticals, and Wright State University School of Medicine.