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Institute of Medicine Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight June 6-7, 2013, Webcast and Workshop

The Institute of Medicine will host “Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight – A Workshop and Webcast” on June 6 and 7, 2013. To attend in person, please register using the online form. A live video webcast of the workshop will be available. Registration for the webcast is NOT required.

The workshop will examine childhood obesity prevention through the lens of working to achieve health equity. Workshop presentations and discussions involving researchers, policy makers, advocates, and other stakeholders will focus on income, race, and ethnicity, and how these factors intersect with childhood obesity and its prevention. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions concerning the key obesity prevention goals and recommendations outlined in the 2012 IOM report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, related to physical activity, healthy food access, food marketing and messaging; and the roles of employers, health care professionals, and schools. Workshop attendees will explore the health equity issues in each of these critical aspects of obesity prevention, while discussing potential future research, policy, and action in each area that could lead to equity in opportunities to achieve a healthy weight.

Throughout the workshop there will be three town hall sessions which will reflect the different panel topics and include facilitated panel discussion and questions from the audience. Additionally, participants are invited to submit a brief statement during one of the town hall sessions on how equity can be achieved through obesity prevention efforts and/or recommend strategies and actions to consider. If you are interested in speaking, please use the online registration form.

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Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight – A Workshop

When: June 6, 2013 – June 7, 2013 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (NAS Auditorium) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418 Map

The video webcast will be available on this page on the day of the event

Panel 1: Building Physical and Social Environments for Physical Activity in High Risk Communities: What Will It Take?

Moderator: James Sallis, University of California, San Diego*

Case Study Robert Garcia, The City Project, Los Angeles

Policy Issues Myron Floyd, North Carolina State University

Click here for the complete Agenda

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