Statewide forum on community efforts to promote children’s health will be held in Northern Kentucky Monday, Sept. 16

“The
goal is simple, the challenge difficult – how to ensure that the
current generation of children in Kentucky grows up healthier than their
parents. A free one-day conference coming up in Erlanger will attempt to draw engaged civic leaders into that effort,” veteran Kentucky broadcaster Greg Stotelmyer reports for Public News Service.

Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, main sponsor of the forum, told Stotlemyer that its title, “Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids,” sends the message that everyone has a role to play in improving health, “whether it’s fast food outlets that are offering healthy alternatives, whether it’s state parks that are offering healthy kid friendly meals made with local produce, whether it’s employers who gently encourage employees to use the steps.”

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., who will be a headline speaker at the forum, told Stotlemyer it takes leadership and vision to grow community health. “The faith community, the schools, the neighborhoods you know, all have
something at stake here,” he said. “And by working together for
community health, everyone benefits.” Cohen said a study in which his organization was involved found that for
every $1 spent on community prevention of health problems, $6 could be saved. (Read more or listen)

Other speakers include David Jones Jr., member of the Jefferson County school board and former chairman of the Humana Inc. board of directors; and Daniel Hatcher, healthy out-of-school time adviser
at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The conference is the latest of the foundation’s annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forums, and is free to the public. For more information, click here. For a conference agenda, go here. To register, here.

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., will be a headliner at the forum.

He says it takes leadership and vision to grow community health.

“The faith community, the schools, the neighborhoods you know, all have
something at stake here,” he explains. “And by working together for
community health, everyone benefits.”

Cohen says a study his organization was involved in found that, for
every dollar spent on community prevention of health problems, six
dollars could be saved.

The conference takes place September 16 and is free to attend. Register online, on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky website.

Susan Zepada, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy
Kentucky, says it’s hard work to change behaviors and it isn’t a
top-down effort – everyone has a role to play. Thus, the forum’s title –
“Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids.”

“Whether it’s fast food outlets that are offering healthy alternatives,”
Zepada says. “Whether it’s state parks that are offering healthy kid
friendly meals made with local produce. Whether it’s employers who
gently encourage employees to use the steps.”

Zepada adds some Kentuckians’ habits around eating, smoking, drinking
and exercise have long contributed to the chronic health problems faced
by the state.

Cohen says community health is also a good financial investment for business.

“We’ve seen businesses right now spend $73 billion on preventable, chronic diseases and I underline ‘preventable,'” he says.
– See more at:
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-09-05/health-issues/can-ky-raise-a-healthier-next-generation/a34165-1#sthash.IOtVDcVD.dpufThe
goal is simple, the challenge difficult – how to ensure that the
current generation of children in Kentucky grows up healthier than their
parents. 


A free one-day conference coming up in Erlanger will attempt to draw engaged civic leaders into that effort.

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., will be a headliner at the forum.

He says it takes leadership and vision to grow community health.

“The faith community, the schools, the neighborhoods you know, all have
something at stake here,” he explains. “And by working together for
community health, everyone benefits.”

Cohen says a study his organization was involved in found that, for
every dollar spent on community prevention of health problems, six
dollars could be saved.

The conference takes place September 16 and is free to attend. Register online, on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky website.

Susan Zepada, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy
Kentucky, says it’s hard work to change behaviors and it isn’t a
top-down effort – everyone has a role to play. Thus, the forum’s title –
“Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids.”

“Whether it’s fast food outlets that are offering healthy alternatives,”
Zepada says. “Whether it’s state parks that are offering healthy kid
friendly meals made with local produce. Whether it’s employers who
gently encourage employees to use the steps.”

Zepada adds some Kentuckians’ habits around eating, smoking, drinking
and exercise have long contributed to the chronic health problems faced
by the state.

Cohen says community health is also a good financial investment for business.

“We’ve seen businesses right now spend $73 billion on preventable, chronic diseases and I underline ‘preventable,'” he says.
– See more at:
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-09-05/health-issues/can-ky-raise-a-healthier-next-generation/a34165-1#sthash.IOtVDcVD.dpufThe
goal is simple, the challenge difficult – how to ensure that the
current generation of children in Kentucky grows up healthier than their
parents. 


A free one-day conference coming up in Erlanger will attempt to draw engaged civic leaders into that effort.

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., will be a headliner at the forum.

He says it takes leadership and vision to grow community health.

“The faith community, the schools, the neighborhoods you know, all have
something at stake here,” he explains. “And by working together for
community health, everyone benefits.”

Cohen says a study his organization was involved in found that, for
every dollar spent on community prevention of health problems, six
dollars could be saved.

The conference takes place September 16 and is free to attend. Register online, on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky website.

Susan Zepada, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy
Kentucky, says it’s hard work to change behaviors and it isn’t a
top-down effort – everyone has a role to play. Thus, the forum’s title –
“Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids.”

“Whether it’s fast food outlets that are offering healthy alternatives,”
Zepada says. “Whether it’s state parks that are offering healthy kid
friendly meals made with local produce. Whether it’s employers who
gently encourage employees to use the steps.”

Zepada adds some Kentuckians’ habits around eating, smoking, drinking
and exercise have long contributed to the chronic health problems faced
by the state.

Cohen says community health is also a good financial investment for business.

“We’ve seen businesses right now spend $73 billion on preventable, chronic diseases and I underline ‘preventable,'” he says.
– See more at:
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-09-05/health-issues/can-ky-raise-a-healthier-next-generation/a34165-1#sthash.IOtVDcVD.dpufThe
goal is simple, the challenge difficult – how to ensure that the
current generation of children in Kentucky grows up healthier than their
parents. 


A free one-day conference coming up in Erlanger will attempt to draw engaged civic leaders into that effort.

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., will be a headliner at the forum.

He says it takes leadership and vision to grow community health.

“The faith community, the schools, the neighborhoods you know, all have
something at stake here,” he explains. “And by working together for
community health, everyone benefits.”

Cohen says a study his organization was involved in found that, for
every dollar spent on community prevention of health problems, six
dollars could be saved.

The conference takes place September 16 and is free to attend. Register online, on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky website.

Susan Zepada, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy
Kentucky, says it’s hard work to change behaviors and it isn’t a
top-down effort – everyone has a role to play. Thus, the forum’s title –
“Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids.”

“Whether it’s fast food outlets that are offering healthy alternatives,”
Zepada says. “Whether it’s state parks that are offering healthy kid
friendly meals made with local produce. Whether it’s employers who
gently encourage employees to use the steps.”

Zepada adds some Kentuckians’ habits around eating, smoking, drinking
and exercise have long contributed to the chronic health problems faced
by the state.

Cohen says community health is also a good financial investment for business.

“We’ve seen businesses right now spend $73 billion on preventable, chronic diseases and I underline ‘preventable,'” he says.
– See more at:
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-09-05/health-issues/can-ky-raise-a-healthier-next-generation/a34165-1#sthash.IOtVDcVD.dpufThe
goal is simple, the challenge difficult – how to ensure that the
current generation of children in Kentucky grows up healthier than their
parents. 


A free one-day conference coming up in Erlanger will attempt to draw engaged civic leaders into that effort.

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., will be a headliner at the forum.

He says it takes leadership and vision to grow community health.

“The faith community, the schools, the neighborhoods you know, all have
something at stake here,” he explains. “And by working together for
community health, everyone benefits.”

Cohen says a study his organization was involved in found that, for
every dollar spent on community prevention of health problems, six
dollars could be saved.

The conference takes place September 16 and is free to attend. Register online, on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky website.

Susan Zepada, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy
Kentucky, says it’s hard work to change behaviors and it isn’t a
top-down effort – everyone has a role to play. Thus, the forum’s title –
“Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids.”

“Whether it’s fast food outlets that are offering healthy alternatives,”
Zepada says. “Whether it’s state parks that are offering healthy kid
friendly meals made with local produce. Whether it’s employers who
gently encourage employees to use the steps.”

Zepada adds some Kentuckians’ habits around eating, smoking, drinking
and exercise have long contributed to the chronic health problems faced
by the state.

Cohen says community health is also a good financial investment for business.

“We’ve seen businesses right now spend $73 billion on preventable, chronic diseases and I underline ‘preventable,'” he says.
– See more at:
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-09-05/health-issues/can-ky-raise-a-healthier-next-generation/a34165-1#sthash.IOtVDcVD.dpufThe
goal is simple, the challenge difficult – how to ensure that the
current generation of children in Kentucky grows up healthier than their
parents. 


A free one-day conference coming up in Erlanger will attempt to draw engaged civic leaders into that effort.

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., will be a headliner at the forum.

He says it takes leadership and vision to grow community health.

“The faith community, the schools, the neighborhoods you know, all have
something at stake here,” he explains. “And by working together for
community health, everyone benefits.”

Cohen says a study his organization was involved in found that, for
every dollar spent on community prevention of health problems, six
dollars could be saved.

The conference takes place September 16 and is free to attend. Register online, on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky website.

Susan Zepada, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy
Kentucky, says it’s hard work to change behaviors and it isn’t a
top-down effort – everyone has a role to play. Thus, the forum’s title –
“Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids.”

“Whether it’s fast food outlets that are offering healthy alternatives,”
Zepada says. “Whether it’s state parks that are offering healthy kid
friendly meals made with local produce. Whether it’s employers who
gently encourage employees to use the steps.”

Zepada adds some Kentuckians’ habits around eating, smoking, drinking
and exercise have long contributed to the chronic health problems faced
by the state.

Cohen says community health is also a good financial investment for business.

“We’ve seen businesses right now spend $73 billion on preventable, chronic diseases and I underline ‘preventable,'” he says.
– See more at:
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-09-05/health-issues/can-ky-raise-a-healthier-next-generation/a34165-1#sthash.IOtVDcVD.dpufThe
goal is simple, the challenge difficult – how to ensure that the
current generation of children in Kentucky grows up healthier than their
parents. 


A free one-day conference coming up in Erlanger will attempt to draw engaged civic leaders into that effort.

Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., will be a headliner at the forum.

He says it takes leadership and vision to grow community health.

“The faith community, the schools, the neighborhoods you know, all have
something at stake here,” he explains. “And by working together for
community health, everyone benefits.”

Cohen says a study his organization was involved in found that, for
every dollar spent on community prevention of health problems, six
dollars could be saved.

The conference takes place September 16 and is free to attend. Register online, on the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky website.

Susan Zepada, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy
Kentucky, says it’s hard work to change behaviors and it isn’t a
top-down effort – everyone has a role to play. Thus, the forum’s title –
“Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids.”

“Whether it’s fast food outlets that are offering healthy alternatives,”
Zepada says. “Whether it’s state parks that are offering healthy kid
friendly meals made with local produce. Whether it’s employers who
gently encourage employees to use the steps.”

Zepada adds some Kentuckians’ habits around eating, smoking, drinking
and exercise have long contributed to the chronic health problems faced
by the state.

Cohen says community health is also a good financial investment for business.

“We’ve seen businesses right now spend $73 billion on preventable, chronic diseases and I underline ‘preventable,'” he says.
– See more at:
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2013-09-05/health-issues/can-ky-raise-a-healthier-next-generation/a34165-1#sthash.IOtVDcVD.dpuf

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