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(Napa, CA) – On August 13th, the Queen of the Valley Wellness Center brings Professor of Pediatrics and Endocrinology Dr. Robert Lustig to Napa’s Westin Hotel to share "Sugar: The Bitter Truth, What’s Really Behind the World Wide Obesity Epidemic?" about our nation’s ongoing love affair with sugar, in particular high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

More Americans are overweight and Type II diabetes is more prevalent than ever before. Men and women are 25 lbs heavier than they were 30 years ago. Even our children are heavier and less fit at every stage of development. And we have been offered a variety of convincing explanations for why that may be the case.

Excess fat consumption, lack of exercise and over consumption of carbohydrates all have been singled out as the "culprit" at one time or another. But University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researcher Dr. Robert Lustig believes the real cause for today’s world wide, obesity epidemic is something less often talked about. "Behaviors that some might refer to as gluttony and sloth are merely consequences—not the causes of the epidemic," Lustig says. "Food was just as abundant before obesity’s ascendance. The real problem is our steady, 30-year increase in sugar consumption, most often in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HCFS). That over consumption of HFCS drives fat storage and makes the brain think it is continually hungry, setting up a "vicious cycle."

The Queen of the Valley Wellness Center is sponsoring this evening event during which Dr. Lustig will share his insights and some possible solutions with our community. This event is an extension of the Wellness Center’s newly established Institute for Integrative Health, and part of the Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s ongoing outreach geared at educating the community about common yet preventable illnesses, such as diabetes.

Where: Westin Hotel, 1314 Mckinstry Street St, Napa, CA 94559
When: August 13, 2010
5:30 – 6:15 pm – Presentation: "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" – Dr. Robert Lustig
6:15-6:45 pm – Panelists:

Scott Warner, Executive Chef Bistro Don Giovanni;

Mel Mari Educator/Healthy Eating Specialist, Whole Foods;

Cheryl Forberg, RD, Nutritionist "Biggest Loser" TV show, James
Beard Award Winning Chef;
Amy Myrdal-Miller RD, MS, Program Director, Strategic Initiatives, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

Dr. Marko Bodor, moderator for "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," encourages anyone concerned about their own health and the health of their children to attend. This event includes a panel of experts from several disciplines to discuss a very relevant and real topic. "High Fructose Corn Syrup is added to almost every modern processed food, primarily to make low fat, low fiber, highly processed foods palatable," Dr. Bodor points out. "Dr. Lustig’s groundbreaking work is helping to focus the nation’s attention on a problem that is doing more and more damage around the world every year."

To register for "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" or for more information call
1-877- QUEEN LINE or (1-877- 783-3654).

About The Wellness Center
The Queen of the Valley Wellness Center and Synergy an Integrated Medical Fitness Center provide a direct link between lifestyle changes and better health. The Center offers programs that incorporate nutritional counseling and education, as well as exercise planning with specific goals to reduce risk factors for future health problems. health care professionals monitor your progress every step of the way and can collaborate with your physician and health team to create and maximize results from your personal wellness/fitness program. More information about Queen’s Wellness Center can be found at

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Hospitals, the Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

For a free physician referral call 1-877-QUEEN LINE (1-877-783-3654) or visit


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