Midwestern University recently welcomed U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, James M. Galloway, M.D., to the Downers Grove Campus to talk about his Build a Healthy Chicago initiative. Dr. Galloway is a Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Regional Health Administrator for Region V. In this capacity, he serves as the lead federal physician, the principal federal public health official, and the senior USPHS officer for Region V, which encompasses the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Dr. Galloway spoke to students who are studying osteopathic medicine and other healthcare disciplines about the Build a Healthy Chicago program which aims to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent, detect, and control high blood pressure by improving the environments where Chicago residents and employees live, work, eat, play, pray, and learn. During his address, Dr. Galloway identified the prevalence of obesity throughout the United States as a major public health concern. "When you look at the future of healthcare and the future health of our population, it is clear that obesity is having a massive impact on where we are going," Dr. Galloway said. He outlined statistics about the obesity epidemic, its relationship to mortality rates, and its financial effect on the U.S. healthcare system.
"We've been telling our patients forever to eat less, to eat right, and to exercise and it's not working. We are not winning this battle. What we need is a much more focused and yet comprehensive push for wellness that really focuses on changing our culture. We really need to make this a social movement," Dr. Galloway added. He made a special appeal to Midwestern University students who will soon become healthcare professionals. "You all are - and will be - leaders in your communities. What I am asking of you, is to help. It's incredibly important that we work together to try to change this biggest challenge that America now faces," he said.
Dr. Galloway campus visit was coordinated by students Farooq Junaid, Kendra Davis, and Umber Ahmad, all in their second year of medical school at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. The entire campus community was invited to Dr. Galloway's presentation.
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