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2/25/2009 Linfield professor to discuss obesity crisis

         McMINNVILLE – The nation’s obesity crisis will be the focus of an upcoming faculty lecture at Linfield College.

         Jeff McNamee, assistant professor of health and human performance, will present “Evidence-Based Approaches to Promoting Physical Activity in Communities” on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

         McNamee will discuss the nation’s obesity crisis and the effectiveness of specific community-based interventions for dealing with this disease. His presentation will include current scientific literature, his postdoctoral work at Oregon Health and Science University, and recent work with Linfield students. He will also discuss successful interventions for increasing physical activity levels through school-based physical education programs and will describe some of his current work on these specific areas.

         “Obesity is a complex disease with multiple contributing factors,” McNamee said. “Studies, however, have demonstrated that behavior and environment may play the most significant role in its etiology.”

         Obesity is one of the most serious health problems in the United States, according to the Surgeon General. The incidence of obesity has doubled among adults and nearly tripled among children since 1980. A quarter of the nation’s health care costs are related to obesity, which can lead to over 20 preventable chronic diseases including some forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.

         McNamee received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University. He has been a member of the Linfield faculty since 2006.

         The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.