Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Talk

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  • Date:
    Mar 13 2014
    02:30pm to 03:30pm
    Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room

    Please join us for a talk by Stella Volpe, PhD, RD, FACSM
    "Obesity and Diabetes Prevention through Nutrition and Physical Activity"

    Thursday, March 13, 2014
    2:30-3:30 pm
    Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room

    Join us at 2:00pm to meet Stella

    Stella L. Volpe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University. She is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist whose work on obesity and diabetes prevention, body composition, bone mineral density, and mineral metabolism and exercise represent more than a decade of consistent funding. Prior to beginning her appointment as Professor and Chair in January 2011 at Drexel University, Dr. Volpe was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Volpe was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts from 1994 through 2003.

    Dr. Volpe’s research focuses on the prevention of obesity and diabetes across the lifespan. Her three distinct areas of approaching the obesity and diabetes epidemics are: 1) mineral metabolism, 2) exercise and diet trials, 3) changing the environment to encourage healthier eating and increased physical activity. Her interventions include changing portion sizes in cafeterias and making physical activity more a part of a person’s day to implement changes in behavior. Dr. Volpe has also researched the effect of a low-impact exercise program on weight loss in elderly African American women. She is presently conducting a randomized controlled trial on the effect of magnesium on the metabolic syndrome.

    Brought to you by the Departments of Nutrition and Kinesiology, Mutual Mentoring Grant, Project Director Lisa M. Troy, PhD, and Supported by the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development’s Mutual Mentoring Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.