April 21 Appalachian Health Summit will focus on obesity

Focusing on obesity, a topic that affects the majority of adult Kentuckians, the Appalachian Health Summit will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 in Lexington. The meeting is designed for clinicians and researchers, but it would alos be a place for  journalists interested in the issue to find story ideas and sources. The registration deadline is Friday, April 8.

The first session of the gathering will focus on health disparities and health behaviors in Appalachia. The keynote address will discuss federal, state and local initiatives that address the obesity epidemic. It will be given by Dr. William Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity with the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Concurrent sessions will discuss childhood obesity, food and nutrition; research networks and collaboratives; social networking for energy balance; and the link between obesity and cancer.

The summit is sponsored by the University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Marshall University, the Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Appalachian Regional Commission. To read details and register, click here.
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