HOUSTON – (Feb. 20, 2013) – The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health will host the 7th Annual Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Building 137 in Austin. The lectureship will honor Guy Parcel, Ph.D., a professor and researcher whose work in the field of public health has impacted the lives of children internationally.
Parcel is a professor of health promotion and behavioral science at the UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus. He served as executive dean of the school from 2001 to 2004 and as dean from 2005 to 2008. During that time, Parcel reorganized the School of Public Health and founded its Austin Regional Campus.
Parcel’s areas of interests are childhood, adolescent and adult health promotion and health behaviors. He was one of the original investigators who helped create and test the Coordinated Approach To Child Health program, also known as CATCH. One of the nation’s leading programs, CATCH is used in more than 8,500 elementary and middle schools to provide education and support for a healthful lifestyle. CATCH incorporates classroom nutrition, physical education and family programs.
This year’s event will feature former colleagues of Parcel and they will share their research on child health and adolescent health. Speakers include Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H., chief of the Prevention Research Branch, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Robin Mermelstein, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago; Phil Nader, M.D., emeritus professor of pediatrics, University of California San Diego; and Kay Bartholomew, Ed.D., M.P.H., associate professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences, UT School of Public Health.
This year’s panel will discuss their work and the next steps researchers, practitioners and the community can take to solve child health problems such as obesity, substance abuse, tobacco use and risky teen driving habits. While the lectureship is focused on research and academics, it is open to the public. Attendance and parking are free. For more information, contact Amy Blum, special programs coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-391-2506.
About The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living was founded in 2006 with a grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to The University of Texas School of Public Health. The Center was established to conduct research to better understand and influence behaviors and environmental conditions that affect healthy living, with a vision of “healthy children in a healthy world.” The Center is housed at the UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
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