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Speaker Bios


Michael F. Jacobson, PhD
Michael F. Jacobson, PhD
Executive Director
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Dr. Michael F. Jacobson is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit health advocacy organization supported largely by the 900,000 subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter. CSPI is a key player in battles against obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems, using education, legislation, litigation, and other tactics. Dr. Jacobson has written numerous books and reports, including Six Arguments for a Greener Diet, “Salt: the Forgotten Killer,”and “Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are Harming Americans’ Health.” He received the 2010 Hero Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation and the American Public Health Association’s 2011 David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health. Dr. Jacobson is the creator of national Food Day, October 24.

David L. Katz, MD, MPH
David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Center Director
Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

Dr. David L. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; editor-in-chief of the journal, Childhood Obesity; chief science officer for NuVal LLC; and director of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital. A clinician, researcher, author, inventor, journalist, and media personality, Dr. Katz is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including an honorary doctoral degree and widely supported nominations for the position of U.S. Surgeon General. He has authored nearly 200 scientific papers and chapters, 15 books, and hundreds of on-line columns and blogs- with a resulting social media following of well over 400,000. A two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, he is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease. He has been acclaimed by colleagues as the “poet laureate” of health promotion. FOr more information, see

Karin Richards MS, CWP, CWPC, NSCA, ACSM, ACE
Karin Richards MS, CWP, CWPC, NSCA, ACSM, ACE (moderator)
Chair, Department of Kinesiology
Samson College of Health Sciences
University of the Sciences

Karin Richards serves as chair of the Kinesiology Department at University of the Sciences, the program director for Health Science, and a lecturer in exercise science and wellness management. She is nationally certified as a wellness practitioner and wellness program coordinator by the National Wellness Institute; and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Council on Exercise, (ACE), as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She is also a YogaFit certified instructor and a Reiki level II practitioner. A former college athlete and current marathon runner, Mrs. Richards has professional experience in corporate, community and collegiate fitness, wellness and recreation, and currently trains clients and teaches group exercise classes in various locations in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She is a currently a doctoral candidate in health policy focusing her dissertation on the role of physical activity in elementary schools.

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