Combating the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity

Though adult obesity has somewhat plateaued in the U.S., it remains a climbing epidemic for children. Robert Davidson, PhD, program director of the Nutrition and Human Performance degree at Logan, is passionate about tackling the issue with body composition technology and education for children. He and August 2012 Logan graduate Wesley Corbin, DC, MS, have worked together to further those efforts.

Current technology allows for identifying fat accumulation patterns on adult bodies, but the case is not the same for children. “In adults, as you gain or lose weight, fat tends to be proportional to where it already is on the body, so it’s easier to predict what you will look like after a change in body fat,” says Dr. Davidson. “For children, it’s more difficult, as they are still growing.”

Dr. Davidson has started looking for more specific patterns to help predict personalized outcomes for children. He has been able to find concrete patterns in fat accumulation among prepubescent and pubescent children, identifying differences among boys and girls. This, says Dr. Davidson, is a major step toward the ability to predict specific changes in body fat and where those changes will take place on children’s bodies.

“The next step is to take the trends we’ve identified and create a mathematical model allowing us to predict body fat changes and body measurements,” he says. “Then we can predict what a child’s body will look like if lifestyle changes are made and actually show kids how to be healthier.” He says that through this technology, he hopes to develop educational tools for elementary classrooms.

Distributors' Day - October 5th, 2016

Students are invited to attend Distributors' Day on Wednesday, October 5th between 10am and 2pm in the Purser Center. Come learn about the vendors who will be available to you as a future doctor!

Pizza and sandwiches will be provided during lunch hours.

Contact for more information.

Blood Drive - October 5th, 2016

Volunteer for the St. Louis Scottish Games & Cultural Festival

Students are invited to sign up in Room S104 to volunteer at Logan's booth at the upcoming St. Louis Scottish Games & Cultural Festival on September 23rd and 24th.

Available shifts:
9/23: 2:30pm to 6pm
9/24: 8:30am to 12:30pm
9/24: 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Each volunteer will receive free admission to the event and a t-shirt. Contact for more information.

Logan Enrolls Record Number of Students for Master’s in Nutrition

Logan University’s College of Health Sciences reported its largest student class for the Master’s in Nutrition & Human Performance (MSN) degree program.

More than 115 new students registered to begin classes in September, which represents a 100 percent increase since the program’s inception in 2011. It is also the largest master’s class in the history of Logan’s College of Health Sciences.

While most master’s degrees in nutrition offer eight to 12 credit hours of nutrition-related coursework, Logan’s MSN offers the entire required 36 credit hours in nutrition-specific coursework, including unique courses such as Nutrition for Pain and Inflammation and Nutrition and Behavior. Course instructors are experts in their area and almost all instructors are in practice within their topic of expertise, offering real-life experience and training.

“With the online format, a highly-experienced team of instructors and focused coursework, this degree program checks all the boxes necessary to take the next step in a career in nutrition,” said Robert Davidson, PhD, program director for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance. “As interest in nutrition and a healthier lifestyle soars, we expect demand for the program, as well as constant improvements to our offerings, to continue to grow.”

All University Assembly - Thursday, October 6th

Logan will host the second annual All University Assembly on Thursday, October 6th from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Purser Center. The guest speaker will be Richard Brown, DC, LLM, FEAC, FRCC, Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic. 

All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends are invited to attend or to view the Assembly via online streaming which can be accessed via the Logan homepage on the day of the event. 

Lunch will be served at the conclusion of Dr. Brown’s presentation.

Live Stream:

The live stream will begin on Thursday, October 6th at 11:30am CST.

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