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For Immediate Release: July 27, 2009
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
CDC Holds Inaugural Conference to Address Obesity Crisis in the United States
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:
Monday, July 27
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.
Release of New Obesity Economic Data
Release of Community Solutions to the Obesity Problem
Call in information:
Listen Only: 800-857-5020
Passcode: CDC Media
A listen-only webcast of the media briefing will be available at http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=60935.
- 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.
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: www.weightofthenation.org
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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