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UAB faculty, staff, and alumnus featured on PBS’s NewsHour

March 2, 2015

Noted scientists at UAB as well as an eminent alumnus were featured on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) NewsHour segment “The Extra Costs of Extra Weight for Older Adults,” which aired on February 27, 2015, at 6:35 p.m. EST. Reported by Sarah Varney, senior health policy correspondent with Kaiser Health News—and regular contributor to NewsHour in addition to NPR News—the piece dealt with the “collision course” created by the surge in the instances of obesity coupled with the aging of the nation’s population.

Lending their expertise to the discussion addressing such topics as chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and the higher health care costs associated with excess weight in older adults are distinguished professor David B. Allison, PhD, director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC); exercise physiologist David Bryan, BS, MA, and assistant professors Taraneh Soleymani, MD, and Sunil Daniel, MD, in the Department of Nutrition Sciences; distinguished professor Steven N. Austad, PhD, chair in the Department of Biology; and UAB graduate Regina M. Benjamin, MD, 18th Surgeon General of the United States (2009-2013) and founder of the Bayou Clinic in Bayou Le Batre, Alabama.

To listen to or read a transcript of “The Extra Costs of Extra Weight for Older Adults,” click here.