e-Veritas Archive | April, 2011

A Debate on Nutrition and Physical Activity

Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt discusses nutrition and exercise during Wednesday's first panel, while UM President Donna E. Shalala (standing at podium) and former USDA Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, who are co-chairs of the new Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, look on.

As fast food replaces the family dinner and online shopping makes walking almost obsolete, the nation’s first sedentary generation has contributed to an epidemic of soaring obesity rates that have triggered dramatic increases in diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases.

But it will take more than acute care medicine to reverse such trends. Education and preventive strategies touting healthier eating habits and exercise are needed.

That was the consensus shared by a panel of former Bush and Clinton administration cabinet members as well as University of Miami researchers and physicians who convened on UM’s Coral Gables campus Wednesday for a public forum on the importance of nutrition education and physical activity.

“It’s imperative that we find a way to help people make healthier [eating] choices so that we can reduce obesity and obesity-related diseases and the many associated health care costs,” UM President Donna E. Shalala, the former secretary of health and human services under President Bill Clinton, told an audience of mostly students, faculty, and staff at the Newman Alumni Center.

Shalala, along with former Agriculture Secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman, are co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, a new yearlong project that will focus on ways to improve nutrition education, promote access to healthy food choices, examine partnerships between the public and private sectors, and remove barriers to increased physical activity. Read the full story

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Marc Ecko Stirs Passions of UM Community

Marc Ecko speaks on stage at UM's Storer Auditorium.

Artist and entrepreneur Marc Ecko visited the University of Miami as part of a Launch Pad special event on April 14, inspiring students, alumni, and community members to find their passion as he did. Ecko’s “journey down the rabbit hole” included humble beginnings in his parents garage painting T-shirts. The famous designer, best known for his fashion conglomerate *ecko Unltd, shared his formula for authenticity—a creative math equation that factors action, fear, and self. Ecko’s message for audience members and aspiring entrepreneurs was to find what makes you unique and authentic. Ecko’s latest projects include attention to education reform: Artists & Instigators, a practicuum in entrepreneurship; and Unltd Justice, fighting corporal punishment across the country. The Launch Pad at Toppel recognizes entrepreneurship is a career choice and hosts programs throughout the year featuring entrepreneurship education. To learn more visit www.thelaunchpad.org.



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Physical Education

University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala (center) and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman (left) participate in an interactive lesson on the body and physical activity led by Miller School research assistant Stephanie Honorat at Kids Kollege, a pre-school in Miami Springs that is participating in the Obesity Prevention Project run by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The visit was part of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s new Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, which Shalala, Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt co-chair.

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Rulers of the Roller Rink

Members of the University of Miami’s title-winning roller hockey team showed off their championship trophy recently to their No. 1 hockey mom: UM President Donna E. Shalala. The team captured the Division II National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) Championship on April 10 in Madison, Wisconsin, defeating Florida Gulf Coast University 4-3 in double overtime. The championship comes amid revelations that the squad battled tremendous adversity throughout the tournament, competing despite the fact that teammates and brothers Josh and Jake Shuman lost their mother, Mara, three weeks prior to the contest.

Roller hockey is a club sport at UM and other colleges and universities. With nearly 200 teams and 2,500 players nationwide, the NCRHA is the governing body of collegiate roller hockey in the United States.


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UM’s Business Development Program Receives Top 100 Minority Business Award

The University of Miami is one of several area businesses from a variety of industries that have received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Top 100 Minority Business Awards, which were presented on March 24 at Jungle Island. The award highlights and celebrates South Florida’s minority business community and its steadfast spirit of entrepreneurship in spite of today’s sometimes turbulent marketplace.

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