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North Texas Health Forum on childhood obesity includes special student session with keynoter

Thu, Mar 14, 2013

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n tx health forum 2013 thumbTo stem the epidemic of childhood obesity in the U.S., cities, schools and other organizations around the country are now actively helping kids build healthier lifestyles through physical activity and healthy eating. To take a deeper look at this critical public health concern, the School of Public Health at UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) will present “Childhood Obesity: Accomplishments and Challenges” at the 6th annual North Texas Health Forum.

A special opportunity for students from UNTHSC and surrounding universities to engage in an informal conversation with keynote speaker Steven Kelder, PhD, MPH, from the Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas at Austin, will be offered on April 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Held during National Public Health Week on April 4 and 5 on the UNTHSC campus, this conference is free and open to the public. In addition to Kelder, another featured speaker is Risa Wilkerson, MA, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a program officer for Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a national initiative focused on childhood obesity prevention.

The keynote begins at 6 p.m. April 4, with a reception to follow.

On April 5, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price kicks off a half-day session at 8 a.m. discussing the FitWorth Healthy City Initiative. A discussion panel representing Tarrant County schools, the medical community and public health sector will follow.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cme.hsc.unt.edu/eventinfo_3972.html.

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