SEC Symposium now taking abstracts

More than one-third of American adults and one-sixth of children and adolescents are obese. These and other similar statistics have received significant attention in popular media during the past decade, but the attention has not produced measurable reductions in population-level obesity rates.

The 2014 SEC Symposium will bring together scholars from each SEC university for the purpose of critically reviewing the body of knowledge that could guide the development and implementation of an effective national effort to markedly reduce the percentage of the American population that becomes overweight or obese.

This year's event -- "Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge" -- will take place Sept. 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Mississippi State faculty, staff and students who are registered attendees for the symposium are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for inclusion in the conference poster exhibition. Abstracts must be submitted online by 7 p.m. on July 21.

For additional information or to submit an abstract, please visit

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