At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
Understand the prevalence and implications of pediatric obesity
Understand diagnosis and prevalence of pediatric metabolic syndrome
Understand the number of CVD risk factors in the pediatric population including emerging risk factors such as impaired blood vessel histology.
Understand what lifestyle changes are required to alter one’s CV Health in the pediatric population
Paul S. Visich, PhD, MPH
Dr. Visich is the Chair of the University of New England's Exercise and Sport Performance Department which houses Athletic Training and Applied Exercise Science. He has worked clinically as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Program Director at the Institute of Cardiovascular Health at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Visich held an assistant professorship at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO for two years, then accepted a position at Central Michigan University (CMU) where h became a full-professor. He has worked on research focused initially at being involved in a multi-center NIH funded project that was focused on Functional Polymorphisms Associated with Human Muscle Size and Strength; FAMuSS Study. More recently, Dr. Visich has returned to his initial area of study in cardiovascular health with a focus on obesity in children. With Dr. Bill Saltarelli he has assessed CVD risk factors in over 3000+ children and has started to look at the genetic relationships with CVD risk factors with Dr. Eric Hoffman at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
He also write a column for American College of Sports Medicine Certified News and serves as an editor for Clinical Exercise Physiology with Human Kinetics 3rd edition. He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology and MPH in Epidemiology from University of Pittsburgh.
Bill Saltarelli, PhD
Dr. Saltarelli’s research is concentrated in pediatric responses to running specifically during mile run fitness evaluations. His research for the past 23 years at CMU has included acting as co-director of the Cardiovascular Health Intervention Program (CHIP). CHIP is a cardiovascular risk factor screening and education program directed at 5th and 6th grade children. This program combines service learning (for CMU undergraduate and graduate students), an important community service with much needed research on CVD. To date the program has screened over 6000 Michigan children for all major CVD risk factors and provided them with heart healthy lifestyle information. He has taught exercise physiology and gross anatomy at Central Michigan University. In addition to being director of the human anatomy laboratory and graduate coordinator at CMU. Recent publications include co-authoring a textbook chapter on children’ exercise physiology and a research article in Pediatric Research. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology and human anatomy from the University of Toledo in 1989 under the direction of Fred Andres.