James A. Levine, Renowned Obesity Expert to Deliver Sokol Lecture

Renowned obesity expert James A. Levine, MD, PhD will be the featured speaker for the 2011 Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture to be held at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater on March 29 at 8 p.m.

Levine’s talk, “Move it and Lose It…Weight Loss for the New Age,” will expound upon his belief in the power of motion—the kind that gets people up and moving—as a way to achieve a healthy weight. The term he uses for it is “non-exercise activity thermogenesis” (NEAT), which refers to the calories burned by typical daily activities such as walking, standing, or climbing stairs.

“Burning calories is important in obesity and in our daily lives,” says Levine. “There’s a different way of living available to us all. Those who join the movement win in terms of better health, being more productive, and being able to do more fun things.”

For offices, where people often spend hours sitting, Levine’s vision of the future includes having walking meetings, an active game room where employees can toss around a football or basketball during breaks, and removing chairs and traditional desk seating so people must stand and move more. Practicing what he preaches, Levine has invented a treadmill desk called “Walkstation,” at which he walks while he works each day.

The Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Chief of Endocrinology and Director of the Center on Obesity at University Hospital’s Case Medical Center, Levine is the author of Move a Little Lose a Lot (Random House, 2009), and of many articles in newspapers and journals such as Science, Nature, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

He lectures extensively around the world and is a senior scientific advisor to the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the Government of the Peoples Republic of China as well as throughout Africa and in Jamaica. He is a designated ‘Expert’ to the United Nations, NIH, and the National Science Foundation.

Presented by the College of Science and Mathematics, the Sokol Science Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a gift from benefactors Margaret and Herman Sokol. The annual lectures provide an opportunity for members of the University and surrounding communities to gain a greater appreciation and expanded knowledge of important issues in science. Topics explored in the past include gravitation, human evolution, and the effects of global warming on the Arctic.

Tickets for the event may be purchased at the Kasser Theater box office and are $10 for the general public. Tickets are free for Montclair State students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and may also be obtained at the Kasser Theater box office.

For more information call 973-655-5352 or e-mail jaberj@mail.montclair.edu