Prevention of Childhood Obesity
Professor Andrew Hills
Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania
In this public lecture, Professor Hills will explore the idea that all we need to know for healthy growth and development should be introduced in the early childhood years.
Prior to joining the University of Tasmania, Professor Hills was Professor of Allied Health Research at Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane, and Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland's Mater Research Institute. Prior to 2011, Professor Hills was Professor of Energy Metabolism in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, where he was Co-Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities' Centre for Metabolic Fitness, a national Centre devoted to understanding the lifestyle implications of obesity and related conditions.
Professor Hills grew up in Hobart and received his Education degree at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (now University of Tasmania), his Master of Science degree at the University of Oregon, USA and doctorate from the University of Queensland.
He is a world-leading clinician, researcher and advocate in public health, having primary interests in physical activity and health, particularly the prevention and management of obesity and related conditions.
Professor Hills has made major global contributions in the field of obesity, including the assessment of body composition and energy expenditure. His work has played an integral role in the development of safe and effective treatments for the overweight and obese, including novel nutrition and exercise approaches to weight management.
In addition to his broader contributions to the field of physical activity and health plus exercise and obesity, Professor Hills has a passion for working with mothers and young children, including the challenge of improving the health status of young women prior to conception and during pregnancy, plus the implications for longer-term maternal and child health.
Refreshments from 5.00pm