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Obesity myths and facts topics of next Marquette Presents forum

A panel of experts from the Marquette University College of Health Sciences, including a neuroscientist, physical therapist and exercise scientists, headline the next Marquette Presents forum.

By - Feb 6th, 2015 10:16 am

MILWAUKEE – A panel of experts from the Marquette University College of Health Sciences, including a neuroscientist, physical therapist and exercise scientists, headline the next Marquette Presents forum: “Obesity: Myths, Facts and What Everyone Should Know.” The free forum is Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:15 a.m. in the third-floor Monaghan ballroom of the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

Every day, Americans are bombarded with weight loss and health information, get-skinny-quick schemes and the latest superfood diets guaranteed to shrink waistlines. It can seem nearly impossible to separate obesity myths from the facts people need to make good, informed decisions about their health.

Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, will moderate the panel of experts who will help dispel these myths and present facts about the obesity epidemic. The panel includes:

  • Dr. Marie Hoeger Bement, associate professor of physical therapy. Bement investigates the relation between exercise and pain in adolescents across the lifespan.
  • Dr. Sujean Choi, associate professor of biomedical sciences. Choi’s research program involves the neuroscience of metabolism and feeding behaviors.
  • Dr. Paula Papanek, associate professor and the director of the exercise science degree program. Papanek has been actively engaged in obesity prevention targeting at risk minority youth through novel approaches to physical activity, positive mentoring and family support.
  • Dr. Christopher Simenz, practicum coordinator and a clinical associate professor in the exercise science degree program. Simenz works in a collaborative research team using community engaged research to study obesity reduction/prevention, food security and physical activity focused primarily on underserved populations in Milwaukee’s central city.

Marquette Presents is a forum series developed by the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University to focus on issues of community health. Previous forums in the series focused on the topics of depression and on sports-related concussion.

The forum is free and open to the public, and it includes a complimentary continental breakfast. Free parking is also available in the 16th Street parking structure, located between Wisconsin Ave. and Wells Street. Registration is required and available online at

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