On Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EST, Leadership for Healthy Communities will host a webinar entitled, Making the Connection: Linking Economic Growth to Policies to Prevent Childhood Obesity. This webinar will highlight the important links between economic growth and public health, and explore ways to implement policies that improve both.
The United States faces a devastating obesity crisis in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Although obesity presents alarming health outcomes, the costs associated with obesity impose a significant economic burden on the health care system, workforce and the nation’s ability to compete in the global market. Many policy interventions that can help prevent obesity can also stimulate local economic growth and development; particularly in underserved neighborhoods that lack access to healthy foods and safe places to engage in physical activity.
The webinar will enable policymakers, communities and supporting organizations to explore successful strategies—including active design development, improved public and recreational spaces and increased access to affordable and healthy foods—to strengthen the economy while supporting better public health.
The webinar will feature:
- Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Harriet Tregoning, Director, Washington, D.C. Office of City Planning
- Yael Lehmann, Executive Director, The Food Trust
- Councilmember Esteban Velasquez, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Lindsay, Calif.
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET