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2/21/2005 Healthy eating topic of Linfield lecture

McMINNVILLE ? A talk focusing on healthy eating and the nation’s growing obesity rate will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

Melinda Manore, a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at Oregon State University, will present ?Small Steps, Big Rewards: What?s your game plan for eating wisely and maintaining a healthy weight??

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults increased to 20.9 percent in 2001, a 5.6 percent increase in one year and a 74 percent increase since 1991. Fifteen percent of children and adolescents, from age 6 to 19, are overweight. Research being done by many individuals and institutions indicates that the situation is worsening rather than improving.

Manore’s research, applied to practical situations, can benefit the community, said Janet Peterson, assistant professor of Health and Human Performance at Linfield.

?Dr. Manore takes controversial topics such as high protein and low carbohydrate dieting and presents the facts based on research so people can make good choices,? Peterson said.

Manore received a Ph.D. in human nutrition from OSU in 1984. She taught at Arizona State University for 17 years before returning to OSU as professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Service Management. Interactions of nutrition and exercise on performance, disease prevention and the reduction of chronic disease is Manore?s primary research focus. She also focuses on women?s health issues and the role of nutrition, exercise and energy balance on reproduction, bone density and athletics.

The program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Dean’s Office and the Departments of Health and Human Performance and Anthropology and Sociology. For more information, contact Peterson at 503-883-2255 or japeters@linfield.edu.