Healthcare innovators from across West Virginia gathered in June 2017 in an attempt to prevent and reverse West Virginia’s soaring rates of chronic disease. Sam Zizzi, Pat Fehl Endowed Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology with CPASS, offered insight and research at the Try This for Healthcare Professionals Conference at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
The conference offered practical strategies for engaging patients and communities in movement, food and stress management. Topics included reversing diabetes, approaches to childhood obesity and dietary approaches for opioid dependence.
Zizzi focused on engaging health professionals through physical activity promotion. Other speakers included Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean, WVU Health Sciences, Mark Cucuzzella, professor, Family Medicine at WVU School of Medicine, and keynote speaker Gary Taubes, renowned scientific journalist and author.