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Exercise physiologist to speak on youth obesity prevention at UGA

Athens, Ga. – Russell R. Pate, a nationally recognized expert and scholar on physical activity, will speak about obesity prevention in youth at the Ramsey Lecture Series on March 28 at 4 p.m. in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Pate, a professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina, is an internationally recognized exercise physiologist with interests in the health implications of physical activity and physical fitness in children. He will deliver a lecture titled “Policies for Promotion of Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention” in Mahler Auditorium. A reception will be held prior to his presentation at 3:30 p.m. in Hill Atrium.

Pate has published more than 230 scholarly papers and has authored or edited three books. He heads a research team that currently is supported by three grants from the National Institutes of Health. He led the development of the recommendation on Physical Activity and Public Health of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine (1995) and served on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (2003-04), the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (2007-08) and an Institute of Medicine panel that developed guidelines on prevention of childhood obesity. He currently chairs the coordinating committee for the National Physical Activity Plan.

One of 20 members of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Pate advises President Barack Obama through the Secretary of Health and Human Services about physical activity, fitness and sports in America.

He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Fitness and has served as an appointed member of the South Carolina Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness since 1988.

The event is funded by the Ramsey Lecture Series in the UGA College of Education.