Monday, April 30, 2012

Sam Kass Will Keynote 'Weight Of The Nation' Conference Hosted By CDC - UPDATE

The Senior Policy Advisor will announce a new "major commitment" from the private sector for the Let's Move! campaign...
Policy makers, health advocates, medical experts and academics will gather in Washington, DC, next week for the second Weight of the Nation Conference hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass will deliver the keynote address on the opening day, Monday, May 7th, speaking about First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign. (Kass, above)

The theme for the three-day conference is "Moving On, Reversing The Trend." Kass will speak during the 10:15 AM plenary session titled "Obesity: Past, Present & Future." UPDATE, May 2: Kass will announce a new private sector partner that is making "a major commitment" to the Let's Move! campaign, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) has announced.

"A new partner will make a major commitment to ending the crisis," PHA said in a news release. "Kass will make the commitment public during his presentation at the Weight of the Nation meeting."

PHA is the foundation created to support the Let's Move! campaign, and monitors the private sector commitments for Let's Move!, which include multi-year initiatives from Walmart and other grocers, from Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, from Darden Restaurants, Inc., owner of the iconic chains Olive Garden and Red Lobster, and from Goya Foods, America's largest Hispanic-owned food company, among others. Mrs. Obama is honorary chair of PHA. Foundation president and CEO Larry Soler will also be at the conference on Monday.

Weight of the Nation is designed to "provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy, systems and environmental approaches to help advance healthy eating and active living," according to CDC. Panel sessions, presentations, and plenary meetings will examine "how communities, early care and education, medical care, workplaces, states territories and tribes, and schools can be game changers."

Kass will be joined in a panel discussion by Cynthia Ogden, PhD, MRP, senior epidemiologist, CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and Justin Trogdon, PhD, MA, health economist with RTI International, Public Health Economics Program. The CDC's first Weight of the Nation conference was in 2009.

Information and registration...
More information and registration information is at weightofthenation.org. The conference will be at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, from Tuesday, May 7- Wednesday, May 9.

Kass will also be speaking on Friday, May 11th at The Root's first-ever African American Conference on Obesity in Washington, DC.

*Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama