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Winning the battle against obesity
NAU conference addresses strategies to reverse national trend

FLAGSTAFF -- On April 13, the Discovery Institute For Women's Health and Northern Arizona University are hosting "The Arizona Conference to Prevent Obesity: Winning the Battle," from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Northern Arizona University's Dubois Ballroom.

This conference represents a call to action to both prevent and decrease obesity in northern Arizona.

The program will examine the significant role women play in the obesity epidemic and how northern Arizonans can work together to reverse this national trend.

A panel of Arizona experts will lead this conversation, sharing new information regarding Native American health issues, discussing prevention strategies for obesity and diabetes in kids and highlighting programs that have proven successful in reversing this epidemic.

The Discovery Institute for Women's Health and NAU have partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services to sponsor this conference in order to address obesity's link to many life-threatening diseases affecting both Native Americans and Arizonans statewide.

Throughout the workshop glucose screening for diabetes and body mass index measurement will be available in a break-out room.

Conference agenda

The morning program includes:

• 9 a.m. -- Official Welcome

• 9:30-10 a.m.-- Lisa DeMarie, manager/Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, Arizona State Department of Health Services; an update on statewide initiative to prevent obesity.

• 10-10:20 a.m. -- Denise Burley, program manager/Coconino County Department of Health; outline of regional preventative initiatives and programs.

• 10:20-10:35 a.m. -- Tara Gene, program manager/county health department; her award-winning K-3 Navaho "Eat and Play the Native Way" program.

• 10:35-10:45 a.m. -- Break.

• 10:45-11:45 a.m. -- Kim Babeau, 2005 Arizona Teacher of the Year; "The Silent Epidemic," nationally recognized strategies for preventing obesity in kids.

• 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. -- Ramona Nez, NAU Health Sciences/senior program coordinator; "Slow Grow," a native approach to promote healthy eating and weight management.

Afternoon Program:

• 12:15-1 p.m. -- Luncheon Break (Buffet lunch will be served while program proceeds); Luncheon Speakers: Anslem Roanhorse & Dr. Marie Allen, Navaho Nation Dept. of Health; Tribal health discussion on obesity and diabetes among adults and children.

•1-1:40 p.m. -- Jim Galloway, MD, cardiologist and director/National Native American Cardiology Program; Obesity in women and the relationship to the "deadly quartet" of diseases.

• 1:40-2:30 p.m. -- NAU researchers Loretta Mayer, PhD., Cheryl Dyer, PhD., and Constance Smith, PhD.; current controversial findings in obesity research.

• 2:35-2:45 p.m. -- Break

• 2:45-3:20 p.m. -- Dr. Darren Vicente MD, and Dr. Anna Lewis, MD, both of Hopi Health Care Center; Hopi Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program

• 3:20-3:45 p.m. -- Becky Howard, director, Outreach Programs, NCCHC; women's wellness and prevention resources throughout the region.

• 3:45-4 p.m. -- Sponsors thank you and close.

Because of limited seating, registration is required. The conference fee of $50 includes lunch.

For more information, go to or contact Marsha Kolich, Discovery Institute for Women's Health director, at, or 602-569-2888.

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