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James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president, directs all program and administrative activities of the RWJF Health Group. This includes the Foundation's work in childhood obesity, public health and vulnerable populations. Prior to joining RWJF in December 2004, Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade.

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Harold Goldstein is executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established jointly by the Northern and Southern California public health associations to raise awareness about critical public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote effective health policies. Goldstein is a nationally recognized leader in the growing movement to address the epidemics of childhood obesity and diabetes by advocating for state and local policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity.

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Dr. Greer has taught at the university level for eight years, in areas ranging from coaching to exercise physiology and nutrition. Her research interests include caffeine and creatine effects on high intensity exercise performance as well as childhood obesity. She obtained her Ph.D. from the department of human biology and nutritional sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

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Dr. Dennis Styne is the Rumsey Chair of Pediatric Endocrinology and professor of pediatrics at UC Davis. In addition to working in classical pediatric endocrinology, he focuses on childhood obesity. Using activity, education, and pharmaceutical therapy, he studies children in the Fit-Kid Weight Management Clinic that he developed at UC Davis, evaluating the best methods of assessment and treatment of obesity and its comorbidities, including type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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