Kansas Summit Addresses Obesity Rate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Kansas health officials and policymakers gathered in Topeka are hearing that no single strategy will reduce obesity in the state and everyone will need to help make changes.

The remarks were made Thursday at a summit on obesity, a meeting convened by the Governor's Council on Fitness.

Gov. Sam Brownback, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of Health and Environment Robert Moser are among those taking part. Colyer and Moser are both physicians.

A past director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of nutrition, physical activity and obesity says several strategies in multiple settings will help the United States reverse its obesity epidemic.

More than 200 people were invited to the summit.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Kansas health officials and policymakers are holding a daylong meeting in Topeka on ways to stem the state's rising obesity rate.

Thursday's meeting was convened by the Governor's Council on Fitness. Governor Sam Brownback, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and Secretary of Health and Environment Robert Moser are among those taking part. Colyer and Moser are both physicians.

Business leaders and officials of local governments are among the more than 200 people invited to the summit. Topics include the effects of obesity on the Kansas economy.


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