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UM research assistant Stephanie Honorat, right, leads preschoolers and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, left, and UM President Donna E. Shalala, center, in the

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UM research assistant Stephanie Honorat, right, leads preschoolers and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, left, and UM President Donna E. Shalala, center, in the "Keep It Movin'" dance at Kids Kollege.

From Tykes to Teachers, UM Nutrition Initiatives Impress Site Visitors

The 3- and 4-year olds at Kids Kollege preschool in Miami Springs showed off their nutrition smarts to some special guests on April 20 – UM President Donna E. Shalala and two other former Cabinet secretaries – who watched the youngsters talk, sing and dance about the function of their hearts, kidneys, brains, bones, and yes, even their intestines.

“If you want to keep it movin’, then you have to have a plan. You can start by eating fiber, fruits and vegetables and bran,” the youngsters sang along with “Hardy Heart” and the “Kidney Brothers,” three cuddly characters in the innovative “Organ Wise Guys” curriculum the Miller School of Medicine is testing in 27 Miami-Dade preschools for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Followed by a three-stop tour of UM nutrition and fitness programs and an evening public forum on the importance of nutrition education and physical activity, the preschool visit officially kicked off the Bipartisan Policy Center’s new Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative aimed at combating obesity in a nation where more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children are obese.

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Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D.

Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D.

UM Surgeon Publishes Findings About Gastric Bypass Surgery and Adjustable Gastric Banding

Recent findings from the Department of Surgery at the Miller School were published in the April edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study led by Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., associate professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, shows that bariatric surgery results in significant and dramatic weight loss and improved fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c levels (a marker for diabetes) as far as three years post surgery among ethnically diverse adults with diagnosed and undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.

After three years, all patients with type 2 diabetes were within the normal fasting plasma glucose range.

“In non-Hispanic whites, bariatric surgical procedures successfully reverse or improve abnormal glucose metabolism, said Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz, adding that, “bariatric surgery in Hispanic and other ethnic minority type 2 diabetic adults had not been investigated until this recent study,”

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Dean Goldschmidt, left, and Provost LeBlanc listen as President Shalala speaks at last year's meeting.

Dean Goldschmidt, left, and Provost LeBlanc listen as President Shalala speaks at last year's meeting.

Annual General Faculty Meeting Tonight

Bring your questions and join President Donna E. Shalala, Provost Thomas LeBlanc and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., for the annual General Faculty Meeting tonight, Tuesday, May 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium.

All Miller School faculty members are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

For those who cannot attend, the meeting will be broadcast live via webcast.

Staff Survey Deadline Extension

The staff survey has been extended through Tuesday, April 26, to ensure that everyone has had the opportunity to voice their opinion and help improve our work environment at the Miller School.

If you have not done so not already, please take the time now to complete the online survey by clicking on the link you received via e-mail on April 5. If you did not receive the initial e-mail about the survey from Joe Natoli, or if you have any other questions, please send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

As always, your responses are completely anonymous and will not be linked to you in any way. Answers to your questions are available on the frequently asked questions page.

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., hosted Sebastian the Ibis' grandparents for a special program on caregiving at the Center on Aging.

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., hosted Sebastian the Ibis' grandparents for a special program on caregiving at the Center on Aging.

Center on Aging Offers Assistance for Caregivers and Older Adults

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center on Aging, hosted the grandparents UM Mascot Sebastian the Ibis at the Center on Aging so they could learn more about ongoing projects, undergo a memory evaluation at the UM Memory Disorders Clinic and participate in a research study on caregiving.

The Center on Aging is offering a unique opportunity for UM faculty, staff and alumni who are working and caring for an older person at home. The program evaluates the effectiveness of a Web-based caregiver intervention program to improve the health and well-being of caregivers and their ability to balance work responsibilities while caring for a family member.

If you are interested in learning more about this or other Center on Aging programs, please contact Adrienne Jaret at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Deadline to Place Orders for Computer/IT Purchases for Fiscal Year 2011 is May 6

The deadline to purchase computer and IT equipment for FY2011 is Friday, May 6. Every effort will be made to complete and bill the orders in time for the close of the fiscal year, but items that are not received by May 31 cannot be billed.

Please visit the computer store or call 305-243-1189 for assistance.

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