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U.S. surgeon general to speak, Feb. 7

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will present a free public lecture titled Preventing and Decreasing Overweight and Obesity: Opportunities and Challenges for Public Health at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

A physician, scholar and lifelong public health advocate, Satcher was sworn in as the 16th surgeon general in February 1998. Until January 2001, he served simultaneously as surgeon general and as assistant secretary for health. His term as surgeon general ends Feb. 13. He has announced that he will work on his memoirs as a visiting senior fellow with the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C., and then become director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta in September.

Over the years, the surgeon general's office has issued a number of reports intended to focus the nation's attention on important public health issues. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity, released in December, outlined strategies that communities can use to address these problems which, Satcher said, "may soon cause as much preventable disease and death as cigarette smoking." Other reports have covered topics ranging from the adverse health consequences of smoking to youth violence and suicide prevention to HIV/AIDS.

Before becoming surgeon general, Satcher was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1993 to 1998 and president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., from 1982 to 1993.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Center for Health and Wellbeing and Office of External Affairs.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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