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Nutrition policy education is topic of next URI Honors Colloquium lecture, Oct. 23

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – Oct. 15, 2012 – Roberta Friedman, director of public policy at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, is the next speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, which examines the politics and money influencing health care around the world.

All of the lectures in the semester-long series, called “Health Care Change? Health, Politics and Money,” begin at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on the URI Kingston campus. They are free and open to the public.

In a presentation entitled “Creating Optimal Defaults to Prevent Obesity,” Friedman will discuss strategies for educating policy makers on the science supporting recommended food and nutrition policies and regulations.

In her role at Yale, Friedman distributes educational information on the science supporting food and nutrition policies to federal, state and local policy makers. Previously, she worked on improving school nutrition and obesity prevention programs at the Massachusetts Public Health Association, where she coordinated efforts to pass legislation to improve school nutrition. She holds a master of science degree in health and social behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The remaining speakers in the colloquium series include Jonathan Gruber, director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Oct. 30); Stephanie Chafee, co-founder of the Rhode Island Free Clinic (Nov. 13); Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (Nov. 27); and Unni Karanukara, international president of Doctors Without Borders (Dec. 10).

Other colloquium events include the URI Theatre presentation of the play Marvin’s Room, a dark comedy that deals with family care and end of life issues, on Oct. 11-14 and 18-21, and the medical musical comedy, Damaged Care, on Dec. 4.

All remaining lectures will be streamed live at www.uri.edu/hc, where the complete schedule of events is also listed. For additional information about the URI Honors Colloquium, contact Deborah Gardiner at debg@uri.edu or 401-874-2381.

The major sponsor of the Honors Colloquium is the URI Honors Program, with sustaining sponsors including the URI Office of the President, Office of the Provost, the Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, and the Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment. Leadership sponsors include the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the college of Pharmacy, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Multicultural Center, and the Department of Communications and Marketing. Also sponsoring the Honors Colloquium are Cox Communications, the College of Business Administration, Department of Publications and Creative Services, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Human Science and Services, Division of Administration and Finance, Division of Student Life, and Department of Communication Studies of the Harrington School of Communication & Media.

This press release was written by Danielle Sanda, an intern in URI’s Department of Communications and Marketing and a public relations major.