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May 1, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 9

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Cyber-Seminar Will Explore How to Sustain Community Public Health Programs

Drs. Mary Ann Sheirer, Doug Luke, Susan Tortolero, and Alice AmmermanDrs. Mary Ann Sheirer, Doug Luke, Susan Tortolero, and Alice Ammerman

The May 8 Research-to-Reality (R2R) cyber-seminar, titled “Making It Last: Sustaining Public Health Programs in Your Community,” will focus on how positive public health outcomes can be achieved if effective programs are sustained over time. The seminar will also look at the factors that affect sustainability, including financial and political climates, the organizational setting, and project design and implementation.

Dr. Mary Ann Scheirer will provide an overview of sustainability and a framework for public health programs and research. Dr. Doug Luke will share a new sustainability assessment tool developed for practitioners, and Drs. Susan Tortolero and Alice Ammerman will present examples of how to apply the available tools and sustainability models to public health programs.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the R2R website, where you can watch presentations and join discussions. All R2R cyber-seminars are archived on the website approximately 1 week after the presentation.

To find out more about the cyber-seminar series, e-mail

NCI Experts Contribute to HBO's "The Weight of the Nation" Documentary

NCI Cancer Bulletin special issue on obesity and cancer research

More than two-thirds of U.S. adults and one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese. And obesity contributes to 5 of the 10 leading causes of death in America, including cancer. Later this month, HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente will launch a campaign centered around a four-part documentary series titled “The Weight of the Nation” that will examine the consequences of obesity for health and for the nation, the science and myths surrounding weight loss and dieting, children and obesity, and the driving forces behind the obesity epidemic.

“If we don’t succeed in turning this epidemic around, we are going to face, for the first time in our history, a situation where our children are going to live shorter lives than we do,” said NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. “If you were told that your child is at risk for cancer, [or] for some sort of brain disease, that would get your attention. Well, obesity should be on that list.”

Because of the expanding research evidence on the important role of obesity, physical activity, and diet on cancer risk and prognosis, NCI and several other NIH institutes provided information on research that helped guide the development of the documentary.

In addition to the documentary, the campaign will include a three-part film series for families, a website and social media campaign, and nationwide outreach to as many as 40,000 community organizations. All films will be broadcast on all HBO channels and available on, with free access to HBO provided by some cable carriers.

Free Workshop for Cancer Survivors: Recapturing Joy and Finding Meaning

Drs. Keith Bellizzi, Suzanne Lechner, and William BreitbartDrs. Keith Bellizzi, Suzanne Lechner, and William Breitbart

The tenth annual Cancer Survivorship Series, “Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer,” will hold the second of four workshops on May 15, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET. This free series offers cancer survivors, their families, friends, and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns and issues that arise after treatment ends.

Part II of the series, “Recapturing Joy and Finding Meaning,” will feature Dr. Keith Bellizzi of the University of Connecticut, Dr. Suzanne Lechner of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Dr. William Breitbart of the Weill Cornell Medical College as speakers.

Participants can listen online or by telephone. To register, visit the workshop webpage.

The two remaining workshops will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET on the following dates:

These workshops are presented by CancerCare, in collaboration with NCI, LIVESTRONG, the American Cancer Society, the Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

If you missed part I of the series, “Using Mind/Body Techniques to Cope with the Stress of Survivorship,” a recording is available online.

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