The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States - A Workshop

When: January 7, 2014 (12:30 PM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Children, Youth and Families, Food and Nutrition, Public Health
Activity: Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

"The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States" was the introductory event for the new IOM Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.

The workshop presented a status update on the current epidemiology of obesity and explored the prevalence, trends, severity, and disparities across the United States. Workshop presenters discussed key settings where change is happening, focusing on nutrition, physical activity, the elimination of health disparities, and what should happen next.  Panel topics included:

  • Early care and education
  • Schools
  • Worksites
  • Health Care: Hospitals, Clinics, and Insurance Companies
  • Communities and States
  • Federal Government
  • Businesses and Industry

Among the speakers who provided their top priorities for driving change and progress in the obesity epidemic: 

  • Bill Dietz, former Director of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Debbie Chang, Vice President of Policy and Prevention, Nemours
  • Sarah Lee, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Don Bradley, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross / Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Leon Andrews, Senior Fellow, National League of Cities
  • Cheryl Bartlett, Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Lisa Gable, President, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

The speakers' PowerPoint slides and a video recording of the proceedings are available on this page.

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