On Sunday, the 10th of May 2015, Rotaract Club Athens in collaboration with the District 2470 Rotary International and the 2470 Rotaract District RI organized a conference entitled “Together against obesity!” The main objective for this conference was the launch of our campaign for the prevention and treatment of obesity, a medical condition that has harsh effects on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea and certain types of cancer.
Under the auspices of the First Surgery Clinic of the Medical School of the University of Athens, Athens Medical Association, the Panhellenic Medical Association and the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP) day conference hosted by the Medical Association of Athens was a great success and laid the bases that will allow us to spread the message that all together against obesity we can achieve a lot.
Opening the conference, District Governor of the 2470 District RI Rot. of 2014-2015, Marianna Kaloeida, welcomed everyone to the conference and gave the speech to the Vice President of the Athens Medical Association, Mr. Bilirakis Euripides, the representative of the HCDCP, Michael Alban, Coordinator of Community Action, doctor, Zacharakopoulos Costas and finally the President of the Panhellenic Medical Association, Mr. Michael Vlastarakos.
The conference featured the highly interesting contributions from our distinguished speakers namely: By Mr. Dimosthenopoulos Xaris, Clinical Dietician-biologist on “Nutritional treatment of obesity”, Ms Theodora Psaltopoulou, Pathologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Athens on “Obesity in adults and response”, Ms Vasiliki Benetos, Paediatrician, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on “Child Obesity and deal with it”, Mr. Evangelos Menekakos, Associate Professor of Surgery on “Surgical treatment of obesity” and finally Mr. Nicolaos Geladas, Professor at the University of Athens.
Our speakers developed vividly many aspects of childhood obesity and adult obesity, and reported extensively on obesity responses in preventive and repressive level while the coordinator of the workshop, Mr. George Painter, Associate Dean of Health and Social policy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Surgery Professor brightened the brilliant contributions.
After the presentations followed questions and dialogue. Commonplace all was the recognition of the importance of prevention, information and awareness of our society in relation to the disease of obesity.
We gratefully acknowledge support for this meeting from the Medical Association of Athens, the Coordinator of the Conference who highlighted and commented vividly the presentations, the distinguished speakers who have inspired us to dynamically continue the campaign “Together against obesity”, the Organizing Committee and especially the Governor Mrs. M.Kaloeida, Coordinator of Community Action, Mr. K.Zacharakopoulos, the President of the Health Committee practitioner Ms. D. Katsochi, the Commissioner of Health, doctor, Mr. K.Noutsi our friends Rotaractors from Rotaract Club Kifissia and each person attending who embraced this action. Finally we want to especially thank the Rotary Michael Alban, member of the Health Committee of the 2470 WRC for his valuable assistance in the implementation of the idea of the conference.
Our mission is to communicate the message “Together against obesity”was successful. With vision, tenacity and effective teamwork we believe we will contribute greatly against this disease which presents alarming upward trend in recent years in Greece.