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Role of soy food in addressing
obesity to be topic of U. of I. forum
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
The problem of obesity, especially among children, has risen to near
epidemic proportions in recent years. To help address this problem,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host a forum May
25-26 to examine the role that soy foods can play in managing a person’s
The forum will bring together food industry representatives, health-care
professionals, dietitians and university scientists to review the latest
research. The event is sponsored by the Illinois
Center for Soy Foods, the National
Soybean Research Laboratory, and the department of food
science and human nutrition at Illinois. The soybean industry and
Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board are helping to fund the forum.
Topics will include the challenge facing the U.S., human studies on
soy and weight loss, industry perspectives, and the economic, cultural
and sociological impacts of obesity.
The forum will be at the Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign.
Registration is $195, with a reduced fee of $75 available for academic
and government representatives. Student registration is $25.
Registration can be made by fax at 217-244-1707 or by mail to Megan
Puzey, University of Illinois, 165 NSRC, 1101 W. Peabody Drive, Urbana,
Additional information is available by calling 217-244-1706 or by e-mail
Editor’s note: The news media are welcome to attend the forum.