Collaborative Efforts to Address Childhood Obesity

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Today, one in three American children are overweight and obese. These numbers are higher among Hispanic, African-American, and low-income communities.  Perhaps more striking is that without long-term solutions, these children have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults and developing serious chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease.

Addressing the obesity epidemic requires a national commitment, as it not only impacts the future health and well-being of our country but also our economy.  If current trends continue, total U.S. health care costs associated with obesity could reach as high as $957 billion by 2030.

In light of this pressing concern, strong collaboration across government, private organizations and individuals is needed to identify, test and broadly disseminate promising, multi-faceted interventions to help prevent the onset of childhood obesity and reduce current obesity rates nationwide.

Join the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WellPoint for an in-depth discussion in collaboration with the Congressional Taskforce on Childhood Obesity, and featuring initiatives and collaborations on the cutting edge of childhood obesity prevention and management.


  • Representatives Marcia L. Fudge(D-OH), Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Dave Reichert (R-WA), Joint Hosts (invited)
  • Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease;  Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy & Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Harvinder Sareen, Ph.D., MPH,Clinical Programs Director, WellPoint
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America (invited)
  • Scott Kahan, MD, MPH,American College of Preventive Medicine
  • Katie Adamson, Director of Health Partnerships and Policy, YMCA of the USA


Tuesday, June 19, 2012
11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318
Washington, D.C

Lunch will be provided following the event, which has been structured to comply with the widely attended event exception to the congressional gift ban.