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TEDMED Live Online Discussion about challenges in Childhood Obesity July 22, 2014


Posted:July 17, 2014

Categories:Featured, Healthcare

Jill Birnbaum, JD release the following information about the live online discussion happening July 22, 2014 2:00 p.m. eastern time.
To cap off our 2013-14 summer series of Great Challenges Hangouts, TEDMED is hosting a special live online discussion. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will join some of the nation’s top health and research leaders to take measure of the progress and challenges in our ongoing struggle with childhood obesity.
The national childhood obesity rate has leveled off. Cities and states that have been taking on this issue comprehensively are starting to see their childhood obesity rates drop. A CDC study published in February showed that national rates may be declining among our nation’s youngest children.

This is good news, but challenges remain. Rates are still far too high overall, and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities persist. 

What needs to happen to show bigger results, faster? How do we make sure all children can grow up at a healthy weight? What are some of the underlying environmental and societal causes that must be addressed?  What could corporate, community and policy leaders do to further address this critical public health issue? 
Our conversation will be moderated by Dr. Richard Besser, MD, Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News.
Our guests for this important discussion include:
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association
Don Schwarz, Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity, City of Philadelphia
Elissa Epel, Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
Lisa Simpson, President and CEO, Academy Health

Click here to RSVP for the Hangout and view more information on this important conversation. 
Start the conversation today! Post your questions or comments on G+ or via #GreatChallenges , we will answer as many as possible on air. Be sure to tune in July 22 at 2:00pm Eastern.
Jill Birnbaum, JD 
Vice President, State Advocacy & Public Health
Executive Director, Voices for Healthy Kids