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American Academy of Family Physicians Establishes Panel on Obesity
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
The AAFP has established a Physician Panel on Obesity. The panel will discuss the role of nutrition and exercise in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. The AAFP will publish an American Family Physician monograph on the subject, which will be distributed to Academy members the second quarter of 2003. Patient information will be distributed later in 2003.
This endeavor is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from McNeil Nutritionals. McNeil Nutritionals develops and produces nutritional products designed to enable consumers to actively manage their own health.
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