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Advice from America’s doctor

Thurs. April 30, 2015       6:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 120, UW Campus

As “America’s Doctor,” 18th United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., focused her attention on wellness and prevention, and provided the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health. In this lecture, she speaks to her time creating a roadmap for the nation’s health, and discusses the past and future of public health policy in the United States.

benjamin210From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama — which she kept in operation despite destruction inflicted by hurricanes George and Katrina, as well as a devastating fire — to her leadership role in the worldwide advancement of preventive healthcare as the 18th United States Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a wide array of organizations and publications. She is the recipient of 22 honorary degrees and a member of the Institute of Medicine — the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

As the sophistication of science and medicine advances, our understanding of health and wellness for individuals, families and nations grows beyond the mere measure of waistlines. Presented by University of Washington Graduate School and the UWAA, the Weight & Wellness Lecture Series approaches topic of body and size with consideration to socioeconomic structures, nutritional disparity in food sources, brain chemistry, environmental influences and more, showing us that, for human health, it is not always our conventional wisdom that holds the most weight.

For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.

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