Appalachian Health Summit to be held in Lexington Thursday

Focusing on obesity, a topic that affects most adult Kentuckians, the Appalachian Health Summit will be held Thursday in Lexington. The meeting is designed for clinicians and researchers, but will also be a place for journalists interested in the issue to find story ideas and sources.

The first session of the gathering will focus on health disparities and health behaviors in Appalachia. Topics include “Socioeconomic status and its impact on health in Appalachia,” “Culture of Choice and Culture of Care in Appalachia” and “Lessons Learned from the Appalachia Community Cancer Network.”
The keynote address will discuss federal, state and local initiatives that address the obesity epidemic. It will be given by Dr. William Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity with the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Concurrent sessions will discuss childhood obesity, food and nutrition; research networks and collaboratives; social networking for energy balance; and the link between obesity and cancer.

The summit is sponsored by the University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Marshall University, the Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Lexington Convention Center. For more information, click here.
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