During the community event that preceded the Continuing
Education symposium, Morgan Spurlock expanded on the topics
covered in “Super Size Me” and offered audience members some
of the healthy foods ARAMARK Executive Chef Greg Simmons
had prepared on-stage.
Morgan Spurlock, the Academy Award-nominated director
who made the 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” was the
keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Symposium on Nutrition
and Chiropractic, “Conquering the Obesity Epidemic.”
Mr. Spurlock started off the weekend on Sept. 19, by speaking
at an event that was open to the public on diet and nutrition.
He followed a presentation by Davenport Campus Physiology/
Biology Instructor Lia Nightingale, Ph.D., on whole foods
versus processed foods.
As he did in “Super Size Me,” Mr. Spurlock used humor to
illustrate the risks of eating only fast food to the audience.
He said he chose to eat three meals a day for a month at
McDonald’s because of the restaurant’s global influence.
But the director noted that other fast food restaurants have
been just as likely to feature unhealthy foods served up in
unrealistically large portions. Mr. Spurlock then went on to
note that if one were to have an appetizer, soft drink, entrée
and dessert at a popular steakhouse chain, the total number
of calories would easily total between 3,500 to 5,000 calories.
On Sept. 20, the two-day Continuing Education license
renewal program began. Contributors included Dr. Nightingale
with “Childhood Obesity;” West Campus Instructor
Susan St. Claire, D.C., with “Obesity in Adults: Evidence
for Weight Loss Products/Strategies;” Stephen Perle, D.C.,
with “Exercise and Overweight/Obesity;” John Morley, Ph.D.,
with “The Bigger Picture of Nutrition, Aging & Obesity;”
and Bruce I. Bond, D.C., with “Metabolic Biotransformation:
An Overview of Detoxification and Weight Loss.” The program
got underway with a presentation titled “Inciting Change” by
Other symposium highlights included student presentations, an
expo, a panel discussion led by Director of Diagnosis and
Radiology Lisa Killinger, D.C., Davenport ’83; and remarks by
Palmer’s Chairman of the Board of Nutrition Moin Ansari, Ph.D.,
and Assistant Chancellor Clay McDonald, D.C. The emcee was
Dean of Academic Affairs Dan Weinert, D.C., Davenport ’96.