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Faculty Experts: Public Health

Public-health researchers and practitioners are sounding the alarm on health problems caused by being overweight and obese, as well as having poor dietary habits and getting too little exercise. In fact, statistics from the National Institutes of Health show that more than one-half of U.S. adults are overweight or obese and that only about one-fourth of adults and children get the recommended amount of physical activity--30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week.

Faculty from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina can discuss topics related to healthy eating and active lifestyles.

To arrange interviews, call Margaret Lamb at 803-777-5400.

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Moving children to better health
Exercise physiologist Dr. Russ Pate, associate dean for research at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health, can discuss the importance of physical activity for children and teens. Pate, a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, has studied physical activity among teens and recently received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for the nation's largest study to date on physical activity of children who attend preschool programs. Pate also worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop the "Guidelines for Schools and Community Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Physical Activity Among Young People."

Improving health for minorities
Arnold School of Public Health researcher Dr. Sara Wilcox is working with researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina to launch a faith-based physical-activity initiative for the 276,000 members of South Carolina's AME churches. The three-year, $1.26 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will establish the "Health-e-AME Faith-Based Physical Activity" program. Among African Americans, 55 percent of women and 44 percent of men report little or no physical activity, and some 66 percent are considered overweight by national standards.

Healthy eating and active lifestyles
Registered nutritionist Dr. Teresa Moore, an exercise physiologist at the Arnold School of Public Health, can talk about how diet and physical-activity habits affect overall health. She also can discuss ways to make moderate changes in diet and physical-activity levels for children and adults. A nationally ranked bodybuilder, Moore can discuss why strength training is important to maintain a healthy weight and reduce body fat.

Cholesterol and health
Exercise physiologist Dr. Larry Durstine, chairman of the Department of Exercise Science at the Arnold School of Public Health, is nationally recognized for his research on cholesterol. He can discuss why knowing your cholesterol level may save your life and the changes in diet and exercise that are needed to lower cholesterol. Durstine also can talk about the role of physical activity in cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack.