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Obesity & Special Needs Kids: UWM Expert Leads $3.6 Million Federal Grant To Research Child Obesity

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Tom Luljak with Michele Polfuss.

Keeping your weight under control is one of the guiding rules we hear from our doctors. For adults it can be a challenge. But for children, especially those with special needs, dealing with obesity can be particularly difficult.

On this edition of UWM Today, we meet an expert on child obesity. Michele Polfuss is an associate professor at UWM’s College of Nursing. She is leading a $3.6 million federal grant to investigate weight issues. Polfuss is also serving as the joint research chair in the nursing of children at both UWM and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.