School of Health Sciences to Present Dr. Stella L. Volpe as Part of Distinguished Lecture Series


High Point University Hosts Stella VolpeHIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 7, 2012 – The School of Health Sciences at High Point University will host Dr. Stella L. Volpe as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. Volpe, professor and chair of the department of nutrition sciences at Drexel University, will present “Preventing Obesity Throughout the Lifespan,” at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public, and no tickets are required.

Volpe, a nutritionist and exercise physiologist, focuses on the prevention of obesity and diabetes throughout the lifespan. She approaches the obesity and diabetes epidemics in three distinct areas – mineral metabolism, exercise and diet trials, and changing the environment to encourage healthier eating and increased physical activity. Her interventions include changing portion sizes in cafeterias and making physical activity a larger part of a person’s day to implement changes in behavior. Volpe has also researched the effect of a low-impact exercise program on weight loss in elderly African-American women, and she is presently conducting a randomized controlled trial on the effect of magnesium on the metabolic syndrome.

“Dr. Volpe is recognized internationally for her research in the prevention of obesity and diabetes, two of our most urgent health challenges,” says Dr. Daniel Erb, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “It’s an honor to have her as a speaker in the School of Health Science Distinguished Lecture Series. Her visit to campus will provide students and faculty with opportunities to share research interests, contemporary research methodology and explore the obvious and hidden effects of obesity and chronic disease on the physical, mental and socioeconomic health of America.”

Volpe speaks internationally and nationally about her research, as well as on general nutrition and exercise principals to help individuals improve their lifestyles. She serves as an associate editor of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal. Volpe is the chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board, and most recently was elected vice-president of the American College of Sports Medicine, the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.

Parking will be available for community members in the lot behind the Wilson School of Commerce.

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