Driving Action and Progress on Obesity Prevention and Treatment
NEW SPEAKER ADDED: AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK
Have we begun to tip the scales towards achieving a healthy weight for all Americans? What are the most promising opportunities and best bets that will drive future progress and action in obesity prevention and treatment? Beginning with a spirited conversation moderated by William Dietz, member of the National Academy of Medicine, we will hear from former Surgeon General David Satcher, who started it all with his 2001 Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity, Jeff Koplan, former Director of the CDC, and current Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who recently released Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. Thought leaders from health policy, philanthropy, business, health care, early education, nutrition and physical activity, and other key sectors will present their visions for how we can all take action to improve opportunities for all Americans to move more and eat better, and offer practical steps to get there. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will give the closing keynote address, sharing his vision of where we are in our efforts as a nation and how we should move forward. Join us on September 27, 2016, either in person or online--registration is open now.
In 2001, Surgeon General David Satcher issued a Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity, putting the national spotlight on obesity for the first time. In response, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine conducted several expert consensus studies on the topic, including prevention of childhood obesity, the effects of food marketing on children, and the evaluation of prevention efforts. A standing committee continued this work, and in 2012, the Academies released Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, which highlighted the need for engaging everyone, from all levels (from individuals, to families, to communities, to society) and across all sectors, to implement large-scale transformative approaches to address the environmental and policy drivers of the epidemic. Today, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions supports this vision by bringing together leaders from business, policy, public health, health care, and other important sectors to advance obesity prevention and treatment.
To view the draft agenda, click here. The workshop will begin at 8:30 AM ET and adjourn by ~4 PM ET. The entirety of the workshop will be webcast live here. No login or additional action is required to view the webcast. PowerPoint slides and video recordings of the proceedings will be available on this page about a week after the meeting. Learn more.
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