Health & Wellness Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Douglas L. Taren, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Public Health
University of Arizona
Zuckerman College of Public Health

Health & Wellness Lecture Series at Sahuarita Town Hall
Eat Chocolate—Be Happy!

Valentine’s Day may be over but the chocolate cravings continue for many people! Professor of Public Health Douglas Taren will present information about the health benefits of chocolate at Sahuarita Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 from 6-7 p.m. Dr. Taren will discuss the combination of chocolate's sensory characteristics, nutrient composition, and psychoactive ingredients, compounded with monthly hormonal fluctuations and mood swings among women. Highlights include:

• Sample different kinds of chocolate.
• The hedonic appeal of chocolate such as fat, sugar, texture, and aroma.
• Characteristics that may lead to chocolate cravings including various chemicals in chocolate that leads to having pleasurable feelings.
• Sex-specific factors that lead to cravings.
• The psychopharmacologic and chemosensory effects of chocolate will be discussed when formulating recommendations for overall healthful eating and for treatment of nutritionally related health issues.

Dr. Taren is a Professor of Public Health and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. His research over the past 20 years has focused on women’s health and the prevention of preterm infants, the development of educational programs, the improvement of dietary assessment methods, and child nutrition. His research and teaching has included projects in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Venezuela, Mexico, China, Nepal, Kenya, Senegal, Zambia as well as in the United States. These areas of interest have been supported by national and international agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the United Nations. Dr. Taren is the author of two textbooks, numerous book chapters and more than 70 published papers.

Currently Dr. Taren is the co-principal investigator for the evaluation of Arizona’s First Things First Initiative, a $700 million statewide program over the next seven years to improve children’s readiness for kindergarten.

Sahuarita Town Hall
Room: Town Council Chambers
375 W Sahuarita Center Way
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Editorial Contact:
Gerri Kelly, University of Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health
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