Signs of Progress in Reversing Childhood Obesity Rates

Voices for Healthy Kids, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association, hosted an event on July 9 highlighting areas across the U.S. that have shown declines in childhood obesity rates. Those areas include Philadelphia, New York City, and Mississippi.

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  1. There were two panel discussions--one focused on the cities that showed progress, the other focused on states--moderated by Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  2. In addition to the packed Washington, D.C., location (a Y, naturally) more than 850 people took part in our live webcast,  and social media was ablaze with comments!

  3. We had to brag a little bit at one point!
  4. Over lunch we heard two keynote addresses, one from New York City Health Commissioner Tom Farley, and the other from Hernando, Mississippi Mayor Chip Johnson:
  5. Signs of Progress in Mississippi
  6. The news was covered nationally, and regionally in areas where progress was highlighted.
  7. Days later, people are still talking about it!
  8. Please keep the conversation going at #signsofprogress. An archived webcast is available at  http://www.rwjf.org/goto/signsofprogress .

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