Building an Exercise Toolbox for Your Patients or Clients with Obesity- Meet the Speakers Posted on August 31, 2018 by Student IHL Dr. Ann Yelmokas McDermott is a system scientist and program design specialist experienced in translating program objectives into evidence-based, practical applications that enable organizations to achieve their unique goals and build capacity. Her positions over the past 20+ years have been with translational, team-based health research and education projects that integrated community-participatory approaches and have included medical education as an important component of the network. Currently, Dr. McDermott is Director of Program Evaluation for the University of Texas at El Paso Institute for Healthy Living, an Associate Scientist Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. Dr. McDermott’s training includes a BS in Education from Boston University, an MS in Athletic Training from Northeastern University, a PhD in Nutrition Science and Exercise Physiology from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Obesity Science and Genetics from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Exercise has played a continuous and major role throughout Dr. McDermott’s life. Personally, as a lifelong athlete, Dr. McDermott has trained and competed as a collegiate and masters swimmer on the national and international level, and engaged in, coached and taught many activities at the university level, including swim team, strength and conditioning, functional fitness, cross-training, yoga, hiking, aerobics and dance. In the medical and health realms, as an exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Dr. McDermott has designed, tested and translated Exercise is Medicine and nutrition strategies for the treatment of HIV wasting and lipodystrophy, body weight, body composition, bone health, mental health, and chronic conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome in diverse populations. As founding Director of Cal Poly STRIDE, Dr. McDermott initiated a university-wide translational research center focused on the promotion of healthy weight, evidence-based program design and community-campus partnerships. As the Assistant Director of the Johns Hopkins systems science Global Obesity Prevention Center during its initiation, Dr. McDermott successfully integrated team-based approaches across diverse stakeholders and multiple disciplines to build ownership, integrate best practices, and foster a synergy that creates excitement and play to group’s strengths, while offsetting weaknesses. Michael Wood, CSCS, is a certified strength & conditioning specialist and nutrition coach. He is a nationally recognized fitness expert and author of TBC30: 6-Steps to a Stronger, Healthier You (Wicked Whale Publishing, 2018, 244 pages $14.95 paperback). Michael’s exercise programs have appeared in two other books, The 30-Minute Fitness Solution by JoAnn Manson, MD (Harvard Press, 2001) and Cut Your Cholesterol by David Katz, MD (Reader’s Digest, 2003). He is the co-author of ten scientific research papers and abstracts as a result of exercise research completed at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. Michael has been featured in media and print publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Boston Magazine, Men’s Health, Prevention, Best Life, Men’s Fitness, Boston Globe, Denver Post and Delta Sky Magazine. His exercise programs are completed more than 200,000 times each month by members at Koko FitClub franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Michael is a former Assistant & Conditioning Coach at the University of Connecticut where he attended graduate school. He was named twice by Men’s Journal as one of the “Top 100 Trainers in America” and voted Best of Boston by Boston Magazine. He lives in Massachusetts on Cape Cod with his wife and daughter. Michael’s coaching services and products are available. To inquire, please visit www.michaelwoodfitness.com Dr. Emily Dhurandhar received her PhD at Louisiana State University in Human Nutrition. She is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research focuses primarily on practical strategies for weight management in populations with obesity, including dietary, psychosocial, and exercise-based strategies. She has 36 peer reviewed publications, and 36 abstracts. One of her manuscripts has been cited 518 times, and she has received numerous awards including “Best Paper of the Year” from the Science Unbound Foundation in 2012 and the “Outstanding Woman UAB Postdoctoral Award” in 2014. She is an active advocate for patients with obesity, and served as the Chair of The Obesity Society’s Advocacy Committee for three years, and also as an active member of The Obesity Action Coalition. One psychosocial component of weight management she focuses that was informed by her experience in advocacy is weight bias, and she researchers educational approaches that reduce weight bias in health professionals.