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Partnership for a Healthier America to Host Inaugural Summit on Childhood Obesity

The organization, with support from honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama, will bring together private, non-profit and government leaders to help end child obesity

Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2011) —Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) today announced the agenda for its inaugural Building a Healthier Future Summit, which will bring together private sector, government and non-profit leaders to end childhood obesity within a generation. Speakers announced to date include PHA honorary vice-chairs Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

“The childhood obesity crisis in this country can no longer be ignored,” said Lawrence A. Soler, PHA CEO. “A third of American children are now overweight or obese, and are facing long-term health and social hardships. It is imperative that we come together across sectors to solve this problem. We are asking attendees of the summit to come prepared to sit down at the table ready to work together to end this crisis.”

The summit, which takes place Nov. 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 the private, non-profit and public sectors.

Breakout sessions over the two-day event will include tracks to discuss 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.

Event Details:

Building a Healthier Future Annual Summit

Nov. 29-30, 2011

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Washington, DC

Registration is open through Nov. 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.