Texas A&M interim president Mark Hussey and the provost and executive vice president for the Academic Affairs, Karan Watson, are participating in a debate about research on obesity, taking place at the 2014 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Symposium in Atlanta. The two academics are attending the three-day symposium as representatives of the Texas A&M faculty, and other members of Texas A&M were also invited to present and moderate panels at the conference as well.
Joseph Sharkey, the director of the Program for Research and Outreach-Engagement on Nutrition and Health Disparities in the Department of Health Promotion & Community Services in the Texas A&M School of Public Health, from the Texas A&M Health Science Center, was invited to be the moderator of the session about preventive strategies in the workplace to combat obesity. Sharkey is also the director of the Texas Healthy Aging Research Network.
Judith Warren, the coordinator of special initiatives, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, professor in the School of Public Health and previous associate director for human sciences at the university, will be presenting a session dedicated to family gardening, as a way of improving a healthy dietary regimen.
The symposium “Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge” brought together representatives from 13 other universities in the second edition of the event, which was created by SEC presidents and chancellors with the purpose of discussing the issue of obesity and showcasing the breakthrough academic research and economic interests related to the disease.
“We are pleased that the SEC Network, through its digital SEC Network+ platform, will provide coverage of this year’s SEC Symposium,” said the associate commissioner for SEC Network Relations, Charlie Hussey. “In addition to the more than 550 exclusive, live athletic events planned for SEC Network+, this SEC Symposium coverage is yet another way to showcase the SEC by promoting the academic and research accomplishments of our conference.”
This year, the event approached topics from genetics, to technology and media, to environmental influences, in eight different sessions and formal presentations, as well as informal sessions meant to promote the interaction and discussion within participants. The opening keynote was given by the chief executive officer of the American Heart Association, Nancy Brown.