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UTPA nursing department to host Research Day 2004
By Office of University Relations
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Posted: 11/05/2004
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The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Nursing along with the Pi Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and McAllen Medical Center will host Research Day 2004: “Children and Overweight: Imperatives for Today and the Future” Saturday, Nov. 13 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.

During the event, information will be provided on the development and current trends related to the problem of overweight in children. Attendees will be able to learn about contemporary issues related to the topic and how to employ primary and secondary approaches to the prevention of overweight in children.

Special guest speakers for Research Day include Dr. Paul Villas, current associate professor for Academic Services at UTPA and past director of the Texas-Mexico Border Health Coordination Office, and Dr. Elizabeth Reifsnider, associate professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio School of Nursing in the Chronic Nursing Care Department.

Villas will discuss “The Culture of Obesity” while Reifsnider will talk about “Overweight and Children.”

At the completion of this program, participants should be able to discuss the culture of overweight in terms of prenatal and childhood influences; examine new cultural influences on nutrition and health of children; identify practical approaches to prevent overweight in children; describe the general concepts and issues related to overweight and children; identify specific contributors to the development of overweight in children; discuss secondary prevention of overweight in children; recognize health disparities in Mexican-American children expressed in food consumption, height, and weight; and evaluate selected research related to overweight in children.

Registration fee for members of Sigma Theta Tau, VAPNA and TNA is $40.00; non-members, $50; students, $10.

For more information, call the UTPA Nursing Department at 956/381-3495.

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