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Family Circle Magazine and Partnership for a Healthier America Host 2012 Childhood Obesity Roundtable Series

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 29, 2011) - Family Circle magazine, which is dedicated to offering moms of tweens and teens practical advice and delicious weeknight meal ideas, and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with its honorary chair, First Lady Michelle Obama, and the private sector to end the childhood obesity in the U.S., today announced the 2012 Childhood Obesity Roundtable Series.

Hosted by Family Circle Editor in Chief, Linda Fears, leadership of Partnership for a Healthier America, and representatives of the private sector and local governments, the Childhood Obesity Roundtable Series will bring together thought leaders including policy makers, health experts, notable chefs, and others from around the country on the front lines of the fight to end the childhood obesity epidemic to discuss topics of importance.

Each roundtable, moderated by Ms. Fears or another Family Circle editor, will tackle a different pillar of the Childhood Obesity Program including: healthy, easy choices for families; healthier foods in schools; access to healthy foods; and physical activity. The series will occur throughout 2012 in difference cities around the country.

“At Family Circle, we are focused on educating moms with the information they need to raise healthy children and provide nutritious meals for their family,” says Linda Fears, Editor in Chief of Family Circle. “To solve the childhood obesity epidemic, we need to work together from a 360 degree approach and I am thrilled to join forces with other key stakeholders that can make it happen.”

“The Partnership for a Healthier America is dedicated to making the healthy choice the easy choice, and Family Circle is an ideal partner in that mission,” said The Partnership’s CEO Larry Soler. “The national understanding about the issues surrounding childhood obesity is at an all-time high; now is the time for us to work to end this epidemic. These roundtables are another meaningful strategy that brings the national dialogue to a local level and helps result in change on the ground.”

Dates and locations for the series will be announced soon at www.ahealthieramerica.org and www.familycircle.com.

About Partnership for a Healthier America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

About Family Circle

Published 12 times a year by Meredith Corporation, with a circulation rate base of 4 million and an audience of over 19 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in the world. Family Circle provides smart relevant advice, sensible solutions, and inspiration in a voice that encourages and celebrates success in its pages and online at www.familycircle.com. Family Circle has always been committed to women’s issues and in 1973 became the first women’s magazine to fully underwrite a professional women’s sporting event, the Family Circle Cup, an annual women’s tennis tournament held in April in Charleston, S.C., at Family Circle Magazine Stadium. For more information about Family Circle, please visit FamilyCircle.com and follow Family Circle on Twitter @FamilyCircle.