May 27, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 18

Mary Walsh

BC's Walsh to Speak at National Summit on Obsesity

Kearns Professor of Urban Education and Leadership Mary Walsh will take part in a national summit conference on obesity sponsored by Time magazine and ABC News on June 2-4 in Williamsburg, Va.

The conference will bring together the leaders from a variety of sectors and disciplines to advance knowledge and focus attention on the national epidemic of obesity.

Walsh, who directs the University's Center for Child, Family and Community Partnerships, is a leading collaborator in the "Boston Connects" program, a school-community-university partnership that addresses non-academic barriers to learning and seeks to promote healthy development in school children.

Walsh is scheduled to participate in a June 3 clinic on "Talking to Your Child About Obesity," a session designed to help parents and other caregivers change their child's - or their own - behavior relating to diet and eating habits.

Walsh will be joined on the panel by T. Berry Brazleton, MD, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital in Boston; Stephen R. Daniels, MD, professor and associate chairman of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Joshua D. Sparrow, MD, assistant professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and supervisor of inpatient psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston; and Reginald Washington, MD, co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The panel will be moderated by Ann Pleshette Murphy, parenting contributor to ABC-TV's "Good Morning America."

Other notable speakers participating in the three-day dialogue on obesity are Surgeon General of the United States Vice Adm. Richard H. Carmona, MD; Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas; Ann M. Fudge, chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands; and former pro football star Lynn Swann, chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

-Reid Oslin

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