State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America

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Jan 29 2020, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST


Please join Trust for America's Health as public health leaders discuss the national obesity crisis, its health impacts, and how advocates are working at the national, and local levels to address this ongoing epidemic. This webinar explores findings of TFAH's 2019 State of Obesity report.

The report found that about 1 in 3 Americans of all ages - more than 100 million people - have obesity. The epidemic is estimated to increase national health care spending by $149 billion annually, about half of which is paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Moreover, the rates of U.S. obesity continue to climb, and racial, ethnic, income and geographic disparities persist. For the first time, nine U.S. states (AL, AK, IA, KY, LA, MS, MO, ND and WV) had adult obesity rates at or above 35% in 2018, up from zero states as recently as 2012.

Speakers will cover the latest national and state obesity rates and trends, highlight promising approaches localities have undertaken to ensure healthy communities, and offer national policy recommendations that incorporate innovative approaches that prioritize helping all Americans lead healthier lives.

This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, advocacy, school health, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, transportation and planning, hospitals, health systems, insurers, and local and state health officials.

Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees.

The webinar session will include time for audience Q&A.


Devita Davison, Executive Director, FoodLab Detroit
Martha Halko, MS, RD, LD, Deputy Director of Prevention & Wellness, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Board of Health
Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


John Auerbach, MBA, President and CEO, Trust for America's Health

Questions? Contact Tim Hughes.

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