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Ex-surgeon general talks Thursday at U.

Dr. David Satcher, former surgeon general and former assistant secretary for health, will address concerns of obesity and the importance of healthy lifestyles during the 11th Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum Thursday at noon.

The forum will be held in the auditorium of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, at the University of Utah. The free lecture is open to the public.

Parking is available just east of the museum in a visitor parking lot. Satcher's talk is titled "Revisiting the Call to Action on Obesity: A Focus on Healthy Lifestyles."

Satcher spearheaded development of Healthy People 2010, which included the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in health as one of its main goals. He's also released 14 reports on topics including tobacco and health, mental health, suicide prevention, oral health, sexual health, youth violence prevention and overweight and obesity issues.

Conference guests and media are invited to participate in a Gold Medal Mile walk prior to Satcher's lecture. Walkers will leave the University Guest House at 11 a.m and walk about one mile to the UMFA. The walk commemorates the first Gold Medal Mile walk in Utah, originally hosted by Satcher in April 2001. The state's Gold Medal Miles were created as part of the Olympic legacy and there are 49 Gold Medal Mile trails throughout the state.