September 18, 2014

2014 SEC Symposium Begins Sunday

The 2014 SEC Symposium focuses on prevention of obesity
The 2014 SEC Symposium focuses on prevention of obesity

By: Sean Cartell
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

The second annual Southeastern Conference Symposium, entitled Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge, begins this Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

The three-day event is designed to address a significant scholarly issue by utilizing the range of disciplines represented by the SEC’s 14 member universities and is led this year by the University of South Carolina.

“We are excited about the opportunity to do an SEC Symposium that addresses a problem that is a severe one in the Southeastern states and highlight an approach to dealing with a problem that needs more attention,” said Russ Pate, chair of the SEC Symposium local organizing committee. “We’re also excited to bring together colleagues from across SEC institutions to spend a couple of days together sharing our work and discussing approaches that will ultimately lead to new knowledge and better approaches to prevent obesity.”

The keynote speakers for the 2014 SEC Symposium are Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Michael Lauer, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. John E. Hall, 2014 SEC Professor of the Year, along with South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides and Provost Dr. Michael Amiridis, also will speak during the Symposium.

The SEC Network will provide coverage of the SEC Symposium in a variety of ways. Brown’s keynote address will be streamed live on SEC Network+ on Sunday, September 21 at approximately 1 p.m. ET. The SEC Symposium also will be featured on SEC Now, the SEC Network’s daily news show, during its Monday, September 22 telecast, and a video recap of the SEC Symposium will be available on SEC Network+ after the event concludes.

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