SEC Symposium on obesity prevention starts with streamed keynote address Sept. 21

Published: September 19 2014


GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The SEC Network will cover the 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium, highlighted by a live digital stream of the opening keynote address from Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association.

Titled “Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge,” the second SEC Symposium will be held Sept.  21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. This annual academic conference-type event is designed to address a significant scholarly issue by using the disciplinary strengths of the SEC’s 14 member universities.

Michael Perri, dean of the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, will moderate a panel discussion Sept. 23 titled “Community Actions to Promote Energy Balance.”

“We are pleased that the SEC Network, through its digital SEC Network+ platform, will provide coverage of this year’s SEC Symposium,” said Charlie Hussey, associate commissioner for SEC Network Relations. “In addition to the more than 550 exclusive, live athletic events planned for SEC Network+, this SEC Symposium coverage is yet another way to showcase the SEC by promoting the academic and research accomplishments of our conference institutions.”

SEC Network + is the digital platform of the SEC Network, which can be accessed at or on the WatchESPN mobile and tablet applications to customers who receive the SEC Network through their cable, satellite or telco provider.

Brown’s keynote address will be streamed live here on SEC Network+ at about 1 p.m. Sept. 21. The SEC Symposium also will be featured on “SEC Now,” the SEC Network’s daily news show, during its Sept. 22 telecast and a video recap of the SEC Symposium will be available on SEC Network+ after the event concludes.

“The commitment from the SEC Network raises the exposure of the SEC Symposium to a new level,” said Torie Johnson, executive director of SECU, the SEC’s academic initiative. “In committing time, talent and resources to covering this unique event, the SEC Network, along with the Conference’s leadership, is making a strong statement about the importance of telling the entire story of the Southeastern Conference and its institutions.”

Hundreds of live SEC events are offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.

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