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8/30/2006 Body fat, health focus of Linfield talk

McMINNVILLE - Body fat and its relationship to health issues will be the focus of the first faculty lecture of the year at Linfield College.

Janet Peterson, assistant professor of health and human performance, will present "Body Fat: The Real Story," on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

According to Peterson, body weight has become a national obsession.

"Just pick up any newspaper or magazine and you will find several articles on the relationship of body weight and health," she said. "No matter the perspective, from fashion to health, we are constantly bombarded with messages about our weight."

However, simply using body weight as an indicator of health may be misleading. Current research suggests that body fat, more than just weight, should be examined when evaluating health risk factors. Body fat tissue is made up of fat cells that when engorged or too numerous, may wreak havoc on normal human physiology. Peterson will present current findings on the relationship between obesity and health-related risk factors. She will also discuss obesity's link to numerous health issues.

Peterson, at Linfield since 2003, is an active proponent of health programs, both at Linfield and in the community. She spearheads Kid Fit, an educational program focusing on nutrition and physical activity for children, and Blood Pressure Friday, during which students offer free blood pressure checks to the public. She is active in the Yamhill County Physical Activity and Nutrition Coalition, helps with the local Soroptimists' Women's Health Day, and presents wellness programs, outdoor education, as well as first aid/CPR training to community groups.

Peterson hold a bachelor's from the University of Southern California, a master's from California State University, Northridge, a doctorate from Loma Linda University and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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.