Weight loss, healthy diets the topic of URI web chat, May 15

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KINGSTON, R.I. – May 1, 2007 – With bathing suit season around the corner, many people are beginning to think about losing weight and strategies for healthy eating. Kathleen Melanson, a University of Rhode Island assistant professor of nutrition, will answer questions on these and related topics during a URI online chat on Tuesday, May 15 at 1 p.m.

Melanson has received worldwide media attention this year for her recent research confirming the long-held belief that eating slowly results in the consumption of fewer calories. She has also studied the weight-loss benefits from eating high fiber cereals and the nutritional differences between high fructose corn syrup and table sugar.

She joined the URI faculty in 2001 after serving as a senior scientist for the Rippe Lifestyle Institute in Shrewsbury, Mass., where she studied energy metabolism, appetite physiology, and body weight regulation. A registered dietician, she earned degrees from the University of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania State University, and the Tufts University School of Nutrition.

A service of the URI Division of University Advancement’s electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go http://advance.uri.edu/chats for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URI’s online chats, which began in September 2004, have featured question-and-answer sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times senior correspondent discussing the Iraq war, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kaufman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the GoRhody.com web site.