2019 Southern Obesity Summit: Why Attend?
I attended the first Southern Obesity
Summit in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2007 and at that time I was working at Save
the Children in Washington, DC, and partnering with Tufts University. We were
adapting a childhood obesity prevention intervention to four states – three of
them were rural states – to see how we could use a community-based approach to
do that. I was very struck by just the breadth of expertise that was convened
by the summit and the importance, because the southern states face really what
some people call a triple whammy, which is food insecurity, poverty, and unhealthy
environments that lead to obesity. So we really need some solutions and
innovation that people can share across these states.