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New drugs available to treat obesity are all over the news. Now, hear from experts about how these medications are used with diet and exercise to achieve greater levels of health. The 57th Annual Nutrition and Exercise Research Day will feature nationally known speakers, including Dr. Amanda Velazquez, who was recently featured in the Oprah Winfrey weight-loss special. The event is sponsored by the CAFNR Division of Food, Nutrition & Exercise Science and School of Medicine’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Presentations are free and open to the public.

  • Dr. John M. Jakicic, PhD, will speak at 11 a.m. Jakicic is a research professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Internal Medicine. He has an interdisciplinary research program that examines lifestyle approaches to the prevention and treatment of chronic health conditions, with a particular focus on the role of increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behavior on these outcomes. He has been influential in elevating physical activity as a lifestyle factor for prevention and treatment of obesity, and he along with his colleagues are now leading efforts to apply this to treatments that include contemporary anti-obesity medications.


  • Dr. Amanda Velazquez, MD, DABOM, will speak at 4 p.m. Velazquez is an assistant professor of medicine and surgery and the director of obesity medicine at the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Health at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She is passionate in achieving healthy equity and reducing health disparities through increased access to the treatments for obesity, improving obesity medicine and nutrition education efforts for trainees and healthcare professionals, and cultivating systematic healthcare change through preventive medicine efforts. Her research interests have focused on pharmacotherapy treatments of obesity, medical education of obesity medicine and nutrition, and reducing weight bias and stigma among healthcare professionals.
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