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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2012
Contact: CDC Division of News and Electronic Media

CDC to Host Second Weight of the Nation Conference to Address Obesity


Weight of the Nation Conference
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host its second Weight of the Nation conference, 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.  Detailed information about the conference is available at 


May 7-9, 2012


Monday, May 7
 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Plenary – Obesity: Past, Present, Future
Panelists will include Cynthia Ogden, PhD, MRP, senior epidemiologist, CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics; Sam Kass, Assistant Chief and Senior Policy Advisory for Healthy Food Initiatives at the White House, and Justin Trogdon, PhD, MA, health economist with RTI International, Public Health Economics Program.

 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 Media Telebriefing: Obesity and Severe Obesity Forecasts through 2030
Speakers will include Eric Finkelstein, PhD, MHA, MA, Duke Medical School, William Dietz, MD, PhD, Director, CDC′s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, and Justin Trogdon, PhD, MA, RTI International.

 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
 HBO Screening Event:  Preview screening of one installment of the upcoming HBO documentary series, “The Weight of the Nation.”

Tuesday, May 8
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Plenary followed by IOM Media Telebriefing: Institute of Medicine: Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation.


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

Important Instructions: Registration for credentialednews media is free.  Media can register at You will be asked to include your media credentials during the registration process.


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