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Twin Cities attract renowned health experts to inaugural conference
Date:4/2/2013

MINNEAPOLIS (April 2, 2013) Who wants to die early or live with a chronic illness? Yet, 95 percent of the population lives with an identifiable risk factor, and the U.S. spends $2.5 trillion on health care 70 percent of which is spent on lifestyle-related disease.

For people who are committed to changing that reality, Minneapolis will be the place to be in April. Some of the nation's top thought leaders and experts in health promotion and well-being will be here, and Minnesotans will show how communities have connected successfully to transform everyone's health. A new national conference, Connecting to Transform Communities: Stakeholders in Health & Wellness, is being hosted by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and Allina Health. The event will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2013, and will bring James Fowler, Ph D; Dan Buettner and David Katz, MD, MPH, three of the world's most renowned health care and wellness experts, to the stage.

"The influential professionals who have agreed to join us at this conference are engaged in conversations at a national level on how we improve health care and on how we improve the wellness of our communities," said Jackie Boucher, vice president of education at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and program director for this event. "To bring all of these stakeholders together in Minneapolis is a rare and exciting opportunity for us to learn from each other, and ultimately contribute to improving the health of our communities."

Fowler's commentary on social networks is broadly covered by media such as the New York Times, NPR and ABC News. His work is recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation and the Harvard Business Review and his acclaimed book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks has been cited by Oprah Winfrey and the New York Times Book Review. One of the foremost thinkers on the topic of social networks, Fowle
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Contact: Steve Goodyear
sgoodyear@mhif.org
612-863-1658
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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