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STOP Obesity Alliance sponsors discussion to Rethink Roles of Success, Treatment, Stigma and Research to Overcome Obesity

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following advisory is being issued by Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance:

WHO: The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance will present its newly-released policy recommendations to policymakers and the press at a briefing sponsored by the Congressional Heart-Stroke and Diabetes Caucuses. This is the first time that such a broad range of groups have aligned on ways to define success, encourage innovation, address and reduce stigma, and broaden research -- all in pursuit of overcoming and preventing obesity.

Dennis Rivera, Chair, SEIU Healthcare will keynote the event, providing his perspective on the impact of obesity on health care workers and services. SEIU Healthcare represents over 1 million healthcare workers within the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

LuAnn Heinen, Vice President, National Business Group on Health, will discuss the potential for the Alliance's recommendations to improve care, reduce health care costs and increase productivity.

Christine Ferguson, JD, PI, associate research professor at The George Washington University's Department of Health Policy, former Health Commissioner for the State of Massachusetts and Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance will discuss the Alliance's key policy recommendations

The STOP Obesity Alliance is a collaboration of consumer, provider, business, labor, government, health insurance, and quality-of-care organizations working to change how we perceive and approach the problem of obesity, overweight and weight-related health risks, including heart disease and diabetes.


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

8:30 am Registration, coffee and light refreshments

9:00 am Keynote by Dennis Rivera; Followed by panel program


Top of the Hill Conference Room, Ballroom A

The Reserve Officers Association

One Constitution Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

WHY: Obesity impacts all aspects of our country from the strength of our economy to the future of our healthcare system. Unfortunately, patients, healthcare providers, managed care, and employers all struggle without any consistent strategy for overcoming the epidemic. Members of the STOP Obesity Alliance will review recommendations specifically focused on four key areas where both the private and public sectors can take action beginning with a common, evidence-based starting point.

CONTACT: Tom Murphy/Chandler Chicco Agency - 202-609-6005,

SOURCE Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance
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