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The Exercise Science Program Presents:


The purpose of the summer health series “Our State of Obesity” is to help educate individuals in the community, from those with young children through older adulthood, about the complications of obesity in our community, state, and nation. Presentations will include a variety of speakers such as educators, physicians, nurses and researchers. As a community participant, you will learn how to visit with your healthcare provider about the complications that arise from obesity that may affect you or someone you know. Professionals in the medical field will learn the importance of incorporating the discussion of exercise with their clients and guide them to the appropriate individuals for consultation regarding proper exercise routines and dietary habits. Recently, the American Medical Association has had discussions on whether or not to classify obesity as a “disease”. It is imperative now, more than ever, to help the public and medical professionals understand the importance of daily activity and nutritional guidance as a preventative measure as well as a treatment for obesity.

key note speaker John Thyfault

Key Note Speaker
John Thyfault, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and Internal Medicine – Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Missouri

Dr. Thyfault is Director of the Health Activity Center at the University of Missouri, where his research examines the effects of physical activity and inactivity on metabolic health in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease. He has made particularly novel contributions in the area of inactivity physiology, demonstrating rapid deteriorations in insulin sensitivity, glucose control, and cardiometabolic health in both humans and rodent models following short-term periods of reduced activity. His research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (RO1) and the American Heart Association. Dr. Thyfault received a BS and MS from Fort Hays State University in Exercise Science in 1998 and 1999, respectively. He then received his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Kansas in 2002. From 2002 to 2005 he was a postdoctoral fellow at East Carolina University in the Department of Physiology.

Symposium Agenda

  • Friday July 26, 2013
  • 12:00 – 1:00, Registration
  • 1:10 – 1:15, Opening Remarks – Mike Leiker, Pittsburg State University
  • 1:15 – 1:25, Welcome – Dr. Steve Scott, President, Pittsburg State University
  • 1:30 – 2:00, Presentation – Mike Carper, Ph.D., Pittsburg State University - Skeletal Muscle’s Involvement in Obesity
  • 2:05 – 2:35, Presentation – Theresa Van Becelaere, APRN, Pittsburg State University - Know Your Numbers:" Is Your Lifestyle Leading to Diabetes?"
  • 2:35 – 2:45, Break – Beverages and Snacks provided by ?
  • 2:50 – 3:20, Presentation – Jamie Wood, Pittsburg State University - Success of Behavioral Interventions for Reduction of Childhood Obesity: A Review of Reviews
  • 3:25 – 3:55, Presentation – Steve Sedbrook and Rob Hefley, Fort Hays State University and Pittsburg State University - The Role of PK-12 Health, Physical Education, and Athletics in Student Physical Activity and Physical Fitness
  • 4:00 – 4:30, Presentation – Laura Covert, Pittsburg State University - Actively Engaging the Older Adult….and We’re Not Talking About Bingo!!
  • 4:35 – 5:05 Presentation – Dr. Rick Schoeling, Schoeling Family Practice - Endocrinology and Obesity
  • 5:05 – 5:10, Closing Remarks – John Oppliger, Pittsburg State University
  • 5:30 - 9:00, Social Gathering – Chatters
  • Saturday July 27, 2013
  • 8:30 – 8:35 Welcome – Mike Leiker / Mike Carper
  • 8:40 – 9:40, Key Note – Dr. John Thyfault, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • 9:40 – 10:00, Break – Discussion/Meet with Key Note Speaker/Beverages and Snacks
  • 10:05 – 10:35, Presentation – Paula Clayton, Director, Bureau of Health Promotion - Population Based Effects of Obesity in the State of Kansas
  • 10:40 – 11:10, Presentation – Greg Kandt, Fort Hays State University - Evolving Body Composition Assessment Tools and Practical Metrics for Health Related Physical Activity
  • 11:15 – 11:45, Presentation – Mike Leiker, Pittsburg State University - Exercise Is Medicine
  • 11:50 – 12:20, Panel – E.I.M. Panel Discussion - Mike Leiker
  • 12:20 – 12:30, Closing Remarks – John Oppliger, Pittsburg State University