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CDC Holds Inaugural Conference to Address Obesity Crisis in the United States

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2009
Contact: CDC Media Relations, (404) 639-3286


Weight of the Nation Conference


Elected and appointed public policy makers; federal, state and local public health leaders; organizations and researchers engaged in policy-related obesity prevention and control initiatives.   

Weight of the Nation is designed to provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies and highlight strategies that overcome barriers to the primary prevention of obesity for youth and adults in four settings: communities, medical care, schools, and workplaces.  Highlights:

  • The following speakers will be featured during the opening remarks on Monday, July 27.   (Please note that due to security reasons, all visitors must be seated in the Regency ballroom no later than 8:30.  Those individuals arriving after 8:30 may be seated in the Ambassador Room to view opening remarks on a monitor.)  
    • 8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.
      Janet Collins, Ph.D.
      Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

      Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
      Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

      James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H.
      Senior Vice President, Health Group Director
      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

      Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H.
      Acting Surgeon General, Office of the Surgeon General
      Department of Health and Human Services

    • 9:30 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.  
      President Bill Clinton
      Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation
      42nd President of the United States

    • 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
      Media Briefing
      Release of New Obesity Economic Data
      Release of Community Solutions to the Obesity Problem

      Call in information:
      Media: 888-795-0855
      International: 630-395-0031 
      Listen Only: 800-857-5020
      Passcode: CDC Media 

      A listen-only webcast of the media briefing will be available at

    • 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
      Senator Tom Harkin
      2009 ASTPHND Award Recipient

  • Tuesday, July 28
    • 8:00 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
      Opening Remarks         
      Kathleen Sebelius, M.P.A.
      Secretary of Health and Human Services

    • 12:45 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.   
      Howard Koh, M.D.
      Assistant Secretary for Health, Health and Human Services

  • Wednesday, July 29
    • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
      Presentation of 2009 Pioneering Innovation Awards


July 27-29, 2009


Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Important instructions: Registration for media is free onsite.  Press credentials will be verified at the onsite registration table. 

Some sessions will be broadcast live. For more information about the conference and to view the full program schedule and list of live broadcast sessions, visit: 



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