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Nutrition & Weight Management Day Brings Expert Advice to the Community

Glenys Young

April 21, 2017

Think Healthy

The event will include education, exhibits, dinner and an original play.

2017 Nutrition

The Department of Nutritional Sciences in the Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences will host Nutrition & Weight Management Day 2017, an opportunity for professionals to share their knowledge of nutrition and healthy weight management with the Lubbock community in an entertaining yet educational format, from 3-8:30 p.m. May 8 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

The event will begin with presentations and discussions related to the breadth of topics encompassed under the umbrella of nutritional sciences.

Discussions will focus on how nutrition and healthy weight management can be integrated into one's daily life, and faculty members will provide expert guidance on how to make decisions that improve overall health-related quality of life. Attendees also can participate in nutrition-related health screenings, including body mass index and body composition determinations.

The event includes a meal, after which guests will see the original play, "Worth the Weight" by film industry professional Paul Catalanotto; Emily J. Dhurandhar, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management; and Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences. "Worth the Weight" is a powerful and moving production that addresses the everyday struggles people face in managing their weight. The play is produced entirely by students from Texas Tech's School of Theatre & Dance under the direction of doctoral candidate Winter Davis.

"We are very excited to have this opportunity to contribute to improving the health of our friends in the Lubbock community," said Martin Binks, an associate professor in nutritional sciences and director of the Nutrition & Metabolic Health Initiative, an upcoming facility that will offer nutritional treatment of chronic disease such as diabetes and obesity. "We invite you to join us for this evening of information and entertainment."

The event's goal is to dispel myths about weight management and share evidence-based information with practical value to those struggling with weight issues, said Nikhil Dhurandhar.

"The scientific strength of our department is evident in our numerous award-winning students and faculty members," he said. "We wish to work with the Lubbock community towards a nutrition-healthy and weight-healthy society."

Registration can be completed here. The fee of $20 per person covers admission to educational events, exhibits, dinner, play and eligibility for prize drawings. The deadline to register is May 1.

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