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Global Coalition to Combat Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome

The Global Coalition to Combat Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome is a partnership among government, academia, and private industry in response to an epidemic that affects more than 300 million people across the world and is responsible for tens of millions of death annually. The coalition is housed in The Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University.

CMS SummitFaculty host Dr. Omar Lattouf (left), professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine; Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health; and Dr. Nicolas Chronos, president of Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute at The Halle Institute's mini-summit on cardio-metabolic syndrome, Oct. 13, 2011.
Photo by Chris Savas.


History

Public health officials and medical experts from around the world announced the establishment of the Global Coalition to Combat Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome during a summit hosted by The Halle Institute at Emory University on Oct. 13-14, 2011.

Led by Omar M. Lattouf, MD, PhD, professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, and Nicolas Chronos, MD, president of Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute, the coalition will initially focus on an educational campaign about obesity in children. The coalition plans to bring lessons about nutrition, exercise and the health hazards associated with obesity into Georgia classrooms.

About Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome
Cardio-metabolic syndrome is a cluster of diseases and risk factors—including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels and abdominal fat—that puts a person at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The underlying causes are obesity, being overweight, physical inactivity and genetic factors.