UW Health Partners in Campaign to End Obesity Statewide Launch
MADISON - On Tuesday, April 6, the Campaign to End Obesity, in partnership with UW Health, hosted an event to unveil Rep. Ron Kind's (D-WI) recently authored, bipartisan legislation to comprehensively fight obesity.
The Healthy CHOICES Act is the first legislation of its kind that brings together the grocery industry, the health care industry and government to comprehensively fight the obesity epidemic.
The bill is also significant in that it takes a holistic approach to combating obesity with provisions that address various sources that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles.
The bill's provisions include:
- Increasing access to the tools and education to make healthy choices
- Updating nutrition guidelines and providing more nutritious food in schools
- Increasing access to nutritional information and healthy, affordable foods in rural and low-income urban areas
- Improving access to and opportunities for physical activity for adults and children
- Providing more opportunities to participate in outdoor physical activities, including as a means of transportation
The unveiling event connected five locations throughout Wisconsin via videoconferencing. In addition to the Health Science Learning Center adjacent to UW Hospital and Clinics, state locations included:
- University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
- University of Wisconsin, River Falls The bill comes at an urgent time. Currently, two-thirds of adults and nearly one in three children struggle with overweight and obesity.
Public health advocates joining Rep. Kind included:
- Donna Katen-Bahensky, President and CEO, UW Hospitals and Clinics
- Dr. Aaron Carrel, UW School of Medicine and Public Health Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
- Dr. David Allen, UW School of Medicine and Public Health Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
- Penny Lee, Executive Director, The Campaign to End Obesity
- Kevin Konkol, Senior Director of Operations, Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay
- Julie Graber, Ellsworth High School physical education teacher
- Sarah Christman, Facility Manager, Growing Power
Obesity is the country's costliest medical condition, contributing to the prevalence of more than 60 chronic diseases.
Taxpayers, governments and businesses spend billions on obesity-related conditions each year, including an estimated $147 billion in medical costs.
Date Published: 04/06/2010