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SPC Jessica's Project:…

Featuring My 600 Pound Life surgeon, Spring 2018 Jessica's Project lineup at SPC addresses obesity prevention, intervention as a local health issue...
Jessica's Project: Make Obesity Obsolete Symposium

SPC Jessica's Project: Make Obesity Obsolete Symposium


St. Philip’s College announced today the lineup of participants and presenters in Season Seven of Jessica's Project activities that will allow 400 guests and students to give back while addressing obesity prevention and intervention as a local health issue April 12 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the college’s Health and Fitness Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Dr. in the city's Denver Heights neighborhood (building marked as "7" on the interactive map

Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, bariatric surgeon of the TLC TV series My 600 Pound Life, is the keynote speaker at this event that is open to the public with free admission and parking.

“Dr. Nowzaradan is not only going to speak of his life story helping others fight this epidemic. Our students are going to present him with our Jessica’s Project Civic Engagement Award of Excellence, for all his work and contribution to health and wellness,” said Dr. Solomon Nfor, college biotechnology program coordinator and organizer for the classroom series known as Jessica's Project

While several weeks of face-to-face, telephone and email case study opportunities for both obesity subjects and students are underway at the college, Nfor explained that the study required the largest subject recruiting campaign in the seven-year-old Jessica's Project series thus far.

"I want to personally state how proud I am of your courage to enroll in this program," Nfor appealed to potential subjects. "It is a program that is geared towards inspiring you to get active and be selective of your choice of food... You are expected to be there with your entire family. You will have photo opportunities with the president (of the college) and a luncheon with our keynote speaker (Dr. Nowzaradan)…. I do encourage you to share your stories with our students for the next few weeks. Accept their calls and email queries. Perceive their push for you to exercise as your personal coach. I will personally be calling to encourage all of you," Nfor appealed.

“Guests with diverse obesity experiences will be given a voice to tell their stories,” Nfor said of the expected outcomes.

Education and outreach on obesity prevention and intervention are elements of the college's larger commitment to transforming socio-economic conditions for residents surrounding its main campus by improving education opportunities, according to Nfor. Symposiums are paired with regular opportunities for students and community members to sustainably operate the first working 100 percent organic community garden on San Antonio’s East Side.

The community partners in the April 12 Jessica's Project event are San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Salud America research institute, Institute for Health Promotion Research at UTSA, Southwest High School, Brackenridge High School, and National Junior Honor Society students from Jordan Middle School. Keynote speakers in Jessica's Project Season Seven: Obesity Prevention and Intervention include Nowzaradan, John Martin, the college’s director of student conduct and Title IX programs, and Melvin Williams, a former NFL player.

For details on attending or participating in the study, contact Nfor at 210-486-2754 or

About Jessica’s Project: Jessica's Project is an innovative seven-year-old series of semester classroom events that have engaged hundreds of St. Philip's College students and the faculty (from arts and sciences, health sciences and applied science and technology) with the community to address a health issue through an evidence-based program. With faculty sponsorship, students learn about the impact of nutrition on health as they raise awareness on campus and in their community. In addition to operating the first working 100 percent organic community garden on San Antonio’s East Side, past projects have addressed spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, cardiovascular health, celiac disease, gastroparesis, Crohn's disease and unplanned pregnancy prevention.