The Elephant in the (Class) Room: Campus ObesityDeBoy JL*
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania 19352, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- James L DeBoy
Professor, Health Sciences, Lincoln University
Pennsylvania 19352, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: August 17, 2015; Accepted date: August 28, 2015; Published date: August 31, 2015
Citation: DeBoy JL (2015) The Elephant in the (Class) Room: Campus Obesity. J Community Med Health Educ 5:366. doi:10.4172/2161-0711.1000366
Copyright: © 2015 DeBoy JL. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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