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Nutrition and obesity expert to speak Sept. 24 in Great Falls

September 7, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Nationally known nutrition scientist Miriam Nelson will present her StrongWomen Across America: Change Yourself, Change the World tour on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Great Falls. Montana is one of only eight states that she will visit on the tour.

The Great Falls presentation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Benefis Health System East Campus, in the Cameron Auditorium - South Tower (1101 26th Street South). The presentation is free and open to the public. Tele-medicine connections may be available in local communities to view the presentation; please check for locations.

Nelson is the founder of the StrongWomen Initiative, and her presentation will address issues of increasingly overweight and obese Americans. The tour aims to improve nutrition and physical activity across the nation by mobilizing a grass roots social network movement to improve the food and physical activity environment within communities. Nelson, who holds a doctorate in philosophy, will also have limited copies of her new book "Social Network Diet: Change Yourself, Change the World," available at the presentation.

Nelson is a professor of nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and founder and director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention at Tufts University. First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the center's work at the "Let's Move" launch as best practices for community change.

For more information or questions about the presentation or the StrongWomen Initiative, contact Lynn Paul at (406) 994-5702 or

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or