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First Lady Michelle Obama to Keynote Partnership for a Healthier America’s Inaugural Childhood Obesity Summit

The First Lady, PHA’s honorary chair, will join Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist at the event

WASHINGTON, DC (October 19, 2011) – The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector to solve the nation’s childhood obesity crisis, today announced that its honorary chair, First Lady Michelle Obama, will keynote its inaugural Building a Healthier Future Summit in November.

“The First Lady’s leadership in the fight against childhood obesity is unwavering,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “The addition of her voice to our November Summit will help spur industry, community and nonprofit leaders towork together to take action that will end childhood obesity within a generation.”

The Building a Healthier Future summit, which takes place November 29 to 30 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C., will help ensure a coordinated and succinct national agenda around fighting childhood obesity. It aims to foster dialogue, forge partnerships, and streamline childhood obesity initiatives among private, non-profit and public sectors that will all be represented. Additional speakers announced to date include PHA honorary vice-chairs Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D.

Track sessions over the two-day event will focus on making childcare healthier for children; creating opportunities for people to buy healthier foods in supermarkets; increasing physical activity; and working with schools to create a healthier learning environment. Additional announcements will be made as speakers are confirmed.

The full agenda and registration information are available at www.ahealthieramerica.org/summit.

Registration is open through November 1 and available by visiting www.ahealthieramerica.org/summit, emailing events@ahealthieramerica.org or calling 301.469.4769.

Members of the media who are interested in attending the summit should contact news@ahealthieramerica.org.

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.