Technology. She is active with the Alliance for the Status of Missouri Women, Citizens for Modern Transit, and the Missouri Family Health Council.


Joseph A. Curtatone, J.D., is serving his third term as mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts. Mr. Curtatone earned his B.A. from Boston College in 1990, and a J.D. from New England School of Law in 1994. Prior to his election as mayor, he had served as an attorney in private practice. As Mayor, he has successfully implemented a wide range of reforms and new programs that have earned Somerville many distinctions from regional and national organizations, including designation by Boston Globe Magazine as “the best-run city in Massachusetts” and by America’s Promise Alliance as one of the “100 Best Communities for Youth”; the city was also named an All America City in June 2009 by the National Civic League. Under his leadership, Somerville has also earned national recognition for its successful joint effort with Tufts University to implement “Shape Up Somerville,” an effective program to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity among the city’s elementary school children. The campaign targeted all segments of the community, including schools, city government, civic organizations, community groups, businesses, and other people who live, work, and play in Somerville. His success in Somerville has earned him the presidency of the Massachusetts Mayor’s Association, a position on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities, and as a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Association.


Eric A. Finkelstein, Ph.D., M.H.A., is a health economist for the research organization RTI International in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dr. Finkelstein obtained an M.H.A., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. in mathematics/economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His work focuses on the economic causes and consequences of health-related behaviors, with a primary emphasis on obesity. Dr. Finkelstein has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles on the economics of obesity and related behaviors. His research has been featured on the front page of USA Today and has been covered in the Economist, the New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post, and many other newspaper, radio, and television outlets. Dr. Finkelstein also co-wrote the book The Fattening of America—How the Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What to Do About It. He leads several projects concerning the causes and consequences of obesity and evaluates several obesity prevention programs for the Centers for Disease



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