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Obesity and National Security: Meeting the Recruiting Challenge
September 06

Obesity and National Security: Meeting the Recruiting Challenge

08:30 am - 09:30 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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The Congress and the President have tasked the U.S. Military with increasing the number of active duty service men and women. Increasingly, however, recruiters are facing challenges meeting their targets. One big reason is that a growing number of America’s youth – the recruiting pool for the military – are obese. It is not an exaggeration to say that, without targeted action to increase nutrition and reduce sedentary behavior, our national security is at risk.

On September 6, join BGen Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret) and BG Dr. Stephen Xenakis, USA (Ret) as they discuss the findings of their report on obesity’s threat to national security. Also on the panel, Express Scripts Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Glenn Stettin will discuss private industry’s role in combating the obesity epidemic.

1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

Lower Lobby Conference Facility

September 6, 2018


Breakfast refreshments will be served.

Speaker Biographies:

BGen Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret)

BGen Stephen Cheney is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine.  His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment. Gen. Cheney’s primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island.

BG Stephen Xenakis. USA (Ret)

Dr. Stephen Xenakis is a retired brigadier general and Army medical corps officer with 28 years of active service. He is an adjunct clinical professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He is the Founder of the Center for Translational Medicine, a nonprofit that conducts clinical research and development. He has been a senior adviser to the Department of Defense on neurobehavioral conditions and medical management. Dr. Xenakis serves as an anti-torture advisor to Physicians for Human Rights and belongs to the group of retired generals and admirals convened by Human Rights First. Dr. Xenakis is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Glenn Stettin

Glen Stettin, MD, heads up clinical products, Consumerology, the Therapeutic Resource Centers, specialty, channel, trend and formulary management, as well as integrated health solutions. Dr. Stettin earned his bachelor and medical degrees through Lehigh University and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stettin completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also served as medical chief resident at Moffitt-Long Hospital, fellow in cardiology and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at UCSF and Stanford University.