Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey
Dr. Sharon’s book “Is That Fried Chicken Wing Worth It?”
Dr. Sharon Brings Her Health Message to the Yolanda Adams Health & Wellness Tour
Medical doctor, lecturer, novelist and activist, Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey is on a health kick, and making the rounds with a bucket of fried chicken wings in hand, asking folks, “Is that fried chicken wing worth it?” And she knows all about fried food, growing up in the south – that is, Kannapolis, N.C. – all her life.
In fact, that’s the name of her new book: “Is That Fried Chicken Wing Worth It?” a get-real approach to weight loss, not as a diet, but as a lifestyle choice. In trying to change the mindset of dieting, food becomes a question of “worth” like shopping for a pair of shoes or a handbag, and deciding if the price is right.
Dr. Sharon will bring her health message to town as the health director of the Yolanda Adams Health and Wellness Tour coming to Los Angeles on Saturday, August 21, 2010. The event will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Maranatha Community Church, located at 3800 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., in LA. The event is free and open to the public. A multiple Grammy-winner, gospel singer Yolanda Adams is bringing awareness to the many health issues that plague our community.
So, just how many crunches does it take to burn off a chicken wing? How much cardio does a person have to do after eating some finger-licking good chicken? Well, according to Dr. Sharon, a person weighing 190 pounds would have to do the following to burn off two chicken wings:
Dr. Sharon – serves as director of health and community initiatives at the COSHAR Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the health of this nation. She is making her mark in the medical field with her up-close and personal advocacy about health, especially as it relates to women’s health, HIV/AIDS and geriatric medicine. Because Dr. Sharon is highly regarded as a champion for improved healthcare for all, she is a much sought-after speaker on the lecture circuit.
A medical doctor, lecturer, novelist and activist, Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey – affectionately known as Dr. Sharon – serves as director of health and community initiatives at the COSHAR Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the health of this nation.
She is also active with numerous medical, political and civic organizations, including the National Medical Association (NMA) , the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Geriatric Association (AGA), and the International AIDS Society – just to name a few. Dr. Sharon has been recognized with many awards and citations, most notably, the youngest to ever receive the Scroll of Merit by the National Medical Association (NMA) in 2002.
She has built a solid career in research, working in biomedical research, and serving as a scientific consultant to the Neurobehavioral Toxicology to the United States Environmental Protections Agency (EPA). Other research stints include assignments with John Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the Gallup Organization. She is a consultant for several Fortune 500 companies and frequently invited to give expert testimony and/or advice to government and non-profit organizations. Currently, her research focus includes the topics of Health Literacy; Patient/Physician Communication, the Role of Spirituality in Medical Outcomes and Direct to Consumer Marketing’s effect on Physicians and Patients.
Dr. Sharon is seen by her peers and colleagues as a champion for improved health status and access to care for the elderly. She has been recognized with many awards and citations, most notably, the youngest to ever receive the Scroll of Merit by the National Medical Association (NMA) in 2002. This award is the association’s highest award, and Dr. Sharon was cited for her service to the organization, research and commitment to the health education of the nation.
Interestingly, Dr. Sharon is also an author, tapping into her creative side by penning two novels, “All I Ever Did Was Love a Man” and “Is That Fried Chicken Worth It?” Both tomes incorporate valuable health messages that’s important to women’s health.
Dr. Sharon received her medical degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, N.C. and dual bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry with minors in Physics, African American
History and English with honors from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. She completed a three-year residency program in Internal Medicine (adult medicine) and an additional two-year fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Union Memorial Hospital.