Nutrition Policy Expert To Present ‘Community-Based Approaches to Obesity Prevention’ on April 14

April 11, 2016
Erin HennessyErin Hennessy courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (April 11, 2016) – Baylor University’s nutrition sciences program will host a seminar by Erin Hennessy, Ph.D., called “Community-Based Approaches to Obesity Prevention” at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Marrs McLean Science Room 101.

Hennessy is a research assistant professor in the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she partners with ChildObesity180 to assist its research efforts and evaluation activities.

“If you have heard of the campaign ‘Let’s Move!,’ which is championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, then you already know about the work of ChildObesity180,” said Leigh Greathouse, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, nutrition sciences. “Dr. Hennessy, who is an investigator at ChildObesity180, is at the cutting edge of nutrition policy. The initiatives being implemented by her team at ChildObesity180 will have tremendous impact in the world of nutrition policy for years to come.”

Hennessy will discuss a new initiative in collaboration with an international fast-food company being deployed by ChildObesity180. She will address the research that is expected to result from this initiative.

Prior to arriving at Tufts, Hennessy was a senior behavioral scientist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). During her time with NCI, she led research activities aimed at incorporating new methodologies into behavioral research. She also oversaw the implementation and dissemination of NCI’s Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health and Eating Study (FLASHE), the first study of multiple cancer preventative health behaviors from a parent-child perspective.

Hennessy holds a doctoral degree in food policy and applied nutrition, master’s degree in nutrition communication, Masters of Public Health and Bachelor of Science in biology, all from Tufts University.

This event is free and open to the public. Marrs McLean Science is located at 1214 S. Fourth St.

For more information, contact Leigh Greathouse..

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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