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Mobile, Ala. (May 6, 2008)
Contact: Amanda MacDonald, (251) 470-1682

May Med School Café: “Helping Children Shape a Healthy Lifestyle”

The Med School Café lecture for May will feature Dr. Daniel Preud’Homme, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. His talk will outline the causes of obesity in children and provide advice for both parents and children in developing a healthy lifestyle.


His lecture, entitled “Helping Children Shape a Healthy Lifestyle,” will take place on May 15, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at The Museum of Mobile, located at 111 South Royal Street.

According to Preud’Homme, childhood obesity is a result of an energy imbalance that occurs over time; but the reasons for this imbalance are multi-factoral. “For some patients, the condition may have a genetic factor. For others genetic predisposition to weight gain may be aggravated by behavioral choices and environment,” he explained.


The latest research from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta shows that roughly 16 percent of the American population is considered overweight or obese, a 45 percent increase from the previous study completed in 1994. Alabama now ranks third in the nation in the prevalence of obesity.

“A treatment plan to combat obesity or excess weight involves close examination of these contributing factors and developing new healthy life strategies that include the patient as well as their family,” said Preud’Homme, who serves as the director of clinical services and research at the USA Pediatric Healthy Life Center.
Med School Café is a community lecture series sponsored by the University of South Alabama Physicians Group that features faculty from the USA College of Medicine.
Med School Café is provided free of charge, including (a healthy) lunch. Reservations are required.
For more information or to make reservations please call (251) 460-7770 or email
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