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Special Guest Lecture May 26, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Room S120

Weight a Minute: There Are Effective Behavioral Interventions to Treat Obesity

 John Jakicic, PhD

 Distinguished Professor and Chair
 Department of Health and Physical Activity
 University of Pittsburgh School of Education 




John M. Jakicic, PhD is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity, and is also the Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jakicic has a national and international reputation as a leading scholar in this area of physical activity, and this builds on a line of research to determine the appropriate dose of physical activity for long-term body weight regulation and related chronic diseases across the lifespan.  

Within this line of research Dr. Jakicic studies the interaction between energy expenditure and energy intake, the influence of these factors on body weight regulation, and the biological and behavioral pathways by which physical activity impacts health-related outcomes.  Specifically, Dr. Jakicic’s early research was key to the public health recommendation that physical activity can be beneficial when separated into multiple 10-minute sessions per day, and he is an expert in the implementation of strategies to improve long-term adherence to physical activity.  He has also been at the forefront of applying technology to physical activity interventions, which includes wearable technologies and low-intensity intervention strategies for lifestyle behavior change.  Dr. Jakicic has served on various national and international committees to develop physical activity guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and other chronic conditions, and is currently serving on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee.   Thus, he has been influential in the heightened awareness of physical activity as a key lifestyle behavior to improve health.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this lecture, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the effectiveness of behavioral interventions for the treatment of obesity.
  2. Convey how physical activity is an important lifestyle behavior in the treatment of obesity.
  3. Apply innovative strategies for enhancing the effectiveness of behavioral approaches to treating obesity.

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

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