Salesian Center to Host Forum on Obesity and Public Health, Mon., Oct. 29
The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University will host a public forum on bioethics to discuss "Obesity and the Concern for Public Health," at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 29 in the White Pavilion in the University Center.
During the event, which is free and open to the public, panelists will consider the growing attention to people's weight and the ethical issues involved in America's super size culture.
"With more than 30 percent of Americans considered obese by the Centers for Disease Control, more than double since 1980, and with obesity rates among children having doubled in that same time and tripled among adolescents, we clearly have a major health concern," said Father Thomas Dailey, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. "What needs to be considered is not only how this affects individuals, but its broader impact on social interactions and workplace issues," he added.
The panel of experts participating in the forum includes: Kelly Minner, third place finisher on the reality show, "The Biggest Loser 2," Joanne Grossi, deputy secretary of health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Joe Marlowe, senior vice president, Aon Consulting; and Gary Foster, Ph.D., director of the Center of Obesity Research and Education at Temple University. Dr. Michael Krafczyk, a family physician with St. Luke's Hospital, will moderate the discussion.
The event is presented by The Baranzano Society, a dialogue group of scholars and professionals who explore the mutual and dynamic interchange between science and religion. The primary focus of the group's work is the investigation of contemporary issues in bioethics, with a view toward promoting critical discernment on the values of human life. Previous forum topics have included stem cell research, performance enhancing drugs, end of life issues, plastic surgery, and the nursing shortage.
Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture's mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research, dialogue events, and partnership programs.
Press Release: Salesian Center to Host Forum on Obesity and Public Health, Mon., Oct. 29 | Posted on: 10/24/2007
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu