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UGA experts to take part in obesity conference


Georgia obesity experts, including panelists working on the UGA Obesity Initiative, will address the challenge of obesity in the U.S. and Georgia at a conference to be held June 13 from 2-5 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center in Atlanta.

The program, sponsored by Georgia Bio, will focus on how government, academia and industry are working together, particularly with respect to childhood obesity.

The event features keynote speakers William Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. 

Panelists include Clifton A. Baile, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Agricultural Biotechnology, Distinguished Professor of Animal Science and Food and Nutrition and director of the UGA Obesity Initiative; Mark Wilson, professor and head of the health promotion and behavior department in the College of Public Health; Linda Matzigkeit, chief administrative officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; and Deborah Young-Hyman, professor of pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University. 

Registration for UGA faculty, staff and students is free. UGA also is providing free transportation to the event. Bus departure time is estimated at noon. Reservations can be made online at