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