Cameron University Bill W. Burgess Jr. Business Research Center to host public forum “Battling Oklahoma Obesity”

Cameron University’s Bill W. Burgess Jr. Business Research Center (BBRC) will host “Battling Oklahoma Obesity,” a public forum featuring Dr. Deana Hildebrand, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at 1 p.m. in the Wichita Room of the Shepler Center. A panel discussion will follow Hildebrand’s presentation. The public is open to the forum at no charge.

A nationally recognized expert in community and public health nutrition as well as in obesity prevention, Hildebrand leads the “Curbing Obesity in Adair and Muskogee Counties” project, a social experiment focused on two counties in Oklahoma where more than 40 percent of the residents are obese. She and her colleagues were awarded nearly $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to try to build healthful communities. Through the project, she has undertaken a systems approach to connect existing networks and systems such as local cooperative extensions, healthcare, and resources focused on healthy food and physical activity to reduce obesogenic behaviors and risk in those two counties.

“Oklahoma is facing a major health crisis in the form of obesity,” says Dr. Syed Ahmed, Director, BBRC. “According to the CDC, Oklahoma is among the top three most obese states in the nation. Dr. Hildebrand will share her challenges and successes as she and her team craft a strategy to combat this critical issue.”

After her keynote address, Hildebrand will join a panel discussion featuring Dr. Ben Cooper, President, FitKids of Southwest Oklahoma; Dr. Edward Legako, Board Member, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Board Member, State Board of Health; Marilyn Figueroa, Director, Comanche Nation Diabetes Program; Dr. Rosemary Bellino, Physician, Board Member, Comanche County Board of Health; Brenda Spencer-Ragland, President/CEO, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce; and Brandie Combs, Regional Director, Comanche County Health Department. 

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April 8, 2019