Hundreds of local policymakers and health advocates traveled to Washington last week to brainstorm ways to reverse childhood obesity in a tight economic climate — and the PreventObesity.net family was well-represented among speakers.
Leadership for Healthy Communities (LHC) sponsored the two-day Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit
to promote childhood obesity as a policy priority for local, state and national leaders, especially during the current tough economic climate. As policymakers across the country look for ways to trim their budgets, conference speakers explained why childhood obesity should still rise toward the top of the priority list — and pointed out that folks can take steps to reverse the epidemic without spending that much cash.
Conference sessions focused on a wide-range of topics, including food deserts, farmers markets, healthy school environments, food marketing, pricing strategies and private-public partnerships. Several PreventObesity.net Leaders spoke, including LHC’s deputy director Elise Goldstein
; Margo Wootan
from the Center for Science in the Public Interest; Samantha Graff
from Public Health Law & Policy; Tracy Fox
from the Robert Wood Johnson Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity; James Sallis
from Active Living Research; and Elizabeth Wenk
from Burness Communications.
Yeager recalled the massive amount of attention (not all of it positive) that his legislation received, noting that “it made big news. Nothing like being first… it was a kick.”
Like all obesity-themed conferences, organizers made sure to provide a healthy environment for attendees. Healthy meals were served, with menus also including calorie counts for the meals, and an afternoon snack was a yogurt parfait topped with fresh fruit — which was served in a fun martini glass.