UGA experts available to comment on heart health

January 31, 2012

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Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia experts are available to provide commentary on heart disease during American Heart Month, which is commemorated in February.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About every 25 seconds, an American has a coronary event and about one person every minute will die from one. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack.

The CDC also indicates that the chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are crucial for positive outcomes. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and secondhand smoke are risk factors associated with heart disease.

UGA experts available to speak on the subject and their contact information are listed below. For more information, contact UGA News Service at 706/542-8083 or

Connie Crawley, Senior Public Service Associate and Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist
Department of Food and Nutrition
College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Crawley, a registered dietitian, serves as a resource person to the public, the media and professionals in all areas of food and nutrition. Her expertise is in diabetes and modification of recipes for control of heart disease and all chronic diseases. She provides outreach in the areas of diabetes education, eating disorders, low-fat food preparation, prevention of cancer and general foods. She has conducted research in diabetes as well as in breast and cervical cancer screening in rarely and never screened women.

Jessica Muilenburg, Associate Professor
Department of Health Promotion and Behavior
College of Public Health

Muilenburg's research interests include tobacco use among adolescents and young adults. According to the American Heart Association, cigarette smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the U.S.

Mark Wilson, Professor and Department Head
Department of Health Promotion and Behavior
College of Public Health

Wilson has conducted a variety of research studies on diabetes, a leading contributor to heart disease. His research interests include work-site health promotion, social marketing of health promotion, creating healthy work organizations, and developing and evaluating behavior change interventions. He recently received a grant to test variations of a diabetes prevention program in workplace settings. The $3 million, five-year grant will fund a six-month weight management program aimed at reducing caloric intake and bolstering physical activity.

Clifton A. Baile, Director
UGA Obesity Initiative

UGA has launched a major initiative to help Georgia address its growing epidemic of adult and childhood obesity. Baile, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Animal and Dairy Science, and professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, along with the Office of the Vice President for Research, will lead the new UGA Obesity Initiative.

Mary Ann Johnson, Bill and June Flatt Professor in Foods and Nutrition; Graduate Coordinator
Department of Foods and Nutrition
College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Johnson conducts research and health promotion programs with older people who receive community-based nutrition services. Her goals are to increase physical activity, improve dietary habits and improve self-management of diabetes and other age-related conditions. Johnson collaborates with many local, state and federal agencies to improve the health and well being of older adults, and she is a national spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition. In addition, she is serving as a co-leader of the obesity and exercise committee of the new UGA Obesity Initiative.

Kevin McCully, Professor

Department of Kinesiology

Director of the Exercise Vascular Biology Laboratory 

College of Education


McCully studies the impact of healthy aging on muscle blood flow, function and metabolism as well as new ways to identify and treat peripheral arterial vascular disease of mild to moderate severity. He also is involved in the UGA Obesity Initiative, leading the Functional Fitness, Disability and Environment Group.



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