Monday, June 11, 2007

Presenting to the "Pediatric Healthy Weight Forum" at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Earlier today, I presented my book's topic -- "Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet," for the physicians, faculty, interns and health care professionals associated with the Pediatric Healthy Weight Forum at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC.. It has been one year since my book was published (May 2006) and I am still delighted to see the interest in my book's topic!

Although it was a relatively small crowd attending, my talk was on satelite to another campus here in North Carolina. Yet despite the turnout during this summer event, the questions from the audience were very good because it focused on how to implement many of my suggestions from the book to individual African American patients -- particularly kids and adolescents.

My overall suggestion from the several questions highlighted the importance of "taking time to get the input and feedback from your individual patient and working around his/her preferences of body image, food selections, food preparation and exercise/physical fitness." Oftentimes, the perspective of the individual African American patient is slightly different from the health care provider thereby we must be respectful of their beliefs, preferences and sociocultural conditions and attempt to work from that orientation.

As with all of my presentations, I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to share the major themes of my book to another audience that has great interests in this area of medical and health care as it relates to the African American population.