OneFlorida Press Release on Florida Obesity Rates Reaches Audience of More Than 1.5 Million

A recent UF Health press release reporting that Florida’s obesity rates are 10 percentage points higher than previously thought was picked up by a number of state media outlets, including Florida Trend magazine and numerous newspapers and television stations across Florida.

The findings by researchers from UF Health, Florida Hospital in Orlando and the Tampa-based nonprofit Obesity Action Coalition were reported online in advance of publication on June 14 in the journal Obesity Science and Practice.

The combined media coverage generated by the press release reached a potential audience of more than 1.5 million.

Researchers on the team included:

University of Florida: Stephanie Filipp, the study’s lead author and a UF College of Medicine statistician; Matthew Gurka, Ph.D., a biostatistician and professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics (HOBI) in the College of Medicine and senior author of the study; Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., M.S., R.D., assistant professor in HOBI; Jaclyn Hall, Ph.D., assistant research scientist in HOBI; Dominick Lemas, Ph.D., assistant professor in HOBI; David M. Janicke, Ph.D, ABPP, in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions; Troy Donahoo, M.D., Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine; Rhonda M. Cooper-DeHoff, PharmD, M.S., Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research, College of Pharmacy; David R. Nelson, M.D., director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, interim senior vice president for health affairs at UF and interim president of UF Health; William R. Hogan, M.D., MS, professor in HOBI at UF and director of biomedical informatics for the UF CTSI and the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium; and Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Ph.D., professor and chair of HOBI, director of UF’s Institute for Child Health Policy, associate director of cancer population sciences at the UF Health Cancer Center, and principal investigator of the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium.

Florida Hospital: Rebecca Z. Essner, Ph.D., research scientist for data and development at Florida Hospital’s Center for CREATION Health Research, and Steven R. Smith, M.D., chief scientific officer.

Obesity Action Coalition: Joseph Nadglowski president and CEO.

Read the press release here or review the links to media coverage below.

WCJB TV 20 (Gainesville, FL)

Health Medicine Network

Florida Trend Magazine

Treasure Coast Palm/Part of the USA Today Network

Naples Daily News/ Part of the USA Today Network

Panama City News Herald

WWSB Suncoast (Sarasota/Bradenton area ABC affiliate)

WUSF Public Media/WUSF News

Fort Myers News-Press/Part of the USA Today Network

Clinical Trial Exchange

Spectrum Bay News 9/Charter Communications/Tampa


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