Geisinger specialist to speak at BU event

For immediate release: April 2, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — The director of the nutrition and weight management clinic at Geisinger Medical Clinic, Dr. Christopher D. Still, will give the keynote address at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 19th annual Health Science Symposium and Wellness Fair.

The fair, following the theme “New Approaches to Obesity: Making Choices for a Healthier Tomorrow,” will be held Thursday and Friday, April 15 and 16, and is open to the public free of charge.

The symposium will begin with Still’s keynote presentation Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Still has studied developments in nutrition, metabolic syndrome and obesity for nearly 20 years, including research into genetic markers for obesity, the metabolic differences among obese, formerly obese and normal-weight men and surgical options for the severely obese.

His research has been published in numerous journals and featured on CNN, National Public Radio, ABC News and The Discovery Health Channel. Recently, Still addressed the federal-state relations meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors Association in Washington, D.C., to talk about the economic burden of obesity in the U.S., and what can be done to help solve the issue.

In addition to serving as director of Geisinger’s Center for Nutrition and Weight Management, Still is an adjunct assistant professor of nutrition at Penn State University and adjunct associate professor at Temple University School of Medicine.

Still also will present the workshop, “Myths Surrounding the Obesity Epidemic,” Friday, April 16, at 9 a.m. in Kehr Union Ballroom. Other Friday workshops in the ballroom are:

  • Nutritional Panel from Geisinger Health System, 10 a.m.
  • Eating Disorders/Psychology of Eating, Francesca Kendris, associate professor of education and Catherine O’Neil and Cindy Harris, both from the BU Health Center, 11 a.m.
  • Body Image Perception Among College Women, Jeniece Lusk, assistant professor of sociology, social work and criminal justice, noon.
  • Mindless Eating, Kelly VanGorden, assistant professor of exercise science and athletics, noon.
  • Urinary Tract Infections and the Relation to Health Behaviors: A Research Study, Noreen Chikotas, associate professor of nursing, and Terina Oman and Cindy Harris, both from the BU Health Center, 12:30 p.m.
  • Weis Healthy Bytes, Elizabeth Stark, 1 p.m.
  • Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Angela Runciman, instructor of English; Nicole Defenbaugh, assistant professor of communication studies; and Michael Martin, assistant professor of English; 1 p.m.

Graduate poster presentations will be on display all day in Kehr Union Ballroom 3.

The following organizations will participate in the Wellness Fair on Friday, April 16, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Kehr Union multipurpose rooms: American Red Cross; Big Brother/Big Sister Program; Bloomsburg Fire Department; Bloomsburg Heath System; Bloomsburg Hospital Behavioral Health Unit, Laboratory Services and Physical Therapy Association; Columbia Montour Family Health; Loyalton of Bloomsburg; Maria Joseph Manor; Mary Kay Cosmetics; Mental Health Association; Millville Health Center; Pennsylvania Department of Health; Women’s Resource Center; Action Health; Aramark; Reliv Distributor; Reichart Enterprises; Highmark; balloon artist Lanny Lee; Bloom Naturally; Russell Hoch Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center; Vikki Talanca Chiropractic; BU chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association; Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services Inc.; Prana Juice Bar and the Namaste; Geisinger Center for Health Research, Health South Rehabilitation Hospital and Medical Center; LIFE Geisinger.

Also the following from BU: Gospel Choir, Master of Education in Counseling Program, Pre-medical Science Club, Speech and Hearing Clinic, Campus Ministries, Campus Suicide Prevention Program, D.A.W.N./Husky Paws, Quest and the Wellness Task Force.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.