Leadership, prevention and health of children topic of keynote address
What: UBC Okanagan Diabetes Research Day
Who: Keynote speaker Dr. Tom Warshawski, Chair of Childhood Obesity Foundation
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 5 p.m.
Where: Eldorado Hotel, 500 Cook Rd, Kelowna
Type 2 diabetes was once a condition that only affected adults. But today Type 2 diabetes is on the rise among children and youth globally.
A recent Canadian study found that 95 per cent of children newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are obese. Dr. Tom Warshawski of the Childhood Obesity Foundation has made it his life’s work to stop this concerning trend.
As past-president of the BC Pediatric Society, Society of Specialist Physicians, and Surgeons of BC, Warshawski has been responsible for leading multiple initiatives across Canada. These include spearheading the development of Sip Smart (a campaign to reduce sugary drinks for children) and Screen Smart (a campaign to reduce screen time).
Warshawski’s goal to improve the health of Canadian children has driven his work as a pediatrician. On June 19, he will deliver the keynote address at the UBC Okanagan Diabetes Research Day, which takes place at the Eldorado Hotel. His presentation will share his work on diabetes prevention and translating diabetes research into practice.
The event is open to the public and free, but online pre-registration is required at: diabetesbc.ca/our-events/ubc-okanagan-diabetes-obesity-research-day-2019
About UBC’s Okanagan campus
UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world.
To find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca.