Keeping Kids Moving; How the Federal Transportation Bill Can Help Stop Childhood Obesity
WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the federal transportation authorization bill up for renewal, this national roundtable brings together national and local leaders to discuss promising ways transportation policy can help promote active lifestyles and decrease obesity rates, especially among poor children and children of color.
WHAT: A national roundtable to explore the vital connections between transportation policy and childhood obesity in America.
WHERE: The National Press Club
529 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20045
WHEN: Thursday, July 15, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
SPONSORS: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Transportation for America Equity Caucus
The Convergence Partnership
WHO: The Federal Perspective
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Martha Coven Domestic Policy Council, Special Assistant to the President for Mobility and Opportunity
Dr. Howard Koh United States Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Health
Roy Kienitz United States Department of Transportation, Under Secretary for Policy
Voices from the Field
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Chip Johnson Mayor, Hernando Mississippi
In a town of fewer than 7,000 people, Mayor Chip Johnson has helped create farmers' markets, community gardens, youth sports leagues, and new walking paths and sidewalks. He is also a spokesperson for community health and quality of life initiatives, especially those that can be undertaken by local governments.
Julia Lopez Youth Advocate, The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program
Fourteen-year-old Julia Lopez has been a prominent voice across the country addressing the link between transportation and health. She has met with many local, state, and federal policymakers to advocate for equitable transportation policies.
Adetokunbo Omishakin Director of Healthy Living Initiatives at Office of the Mayor, Nashville, Tennessee
Guiding Nashville's active living and healthy eating efforts, Adetokunbo Omishakin serves as the Mayor's liaison to the Healthy Nashville Leadership Council and Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Nashville is a national leader in bicycle and pedestrian policy, adopting complete streets policies and developing new bike lanes and sidewalks.
Barbara Stiffarm Executive Director, Opportunity Link
In 2007, Barbara Stiffarm and Opportunity Link helped establish four new rural transit systems and expanded an existing system throughout Montana's rural and Indian communities.
For more information on the sponsors, please visit:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity www.reversechildhoodobesity.org
Transportation for America Equity Caucus www.t4america.org
The Convergence Partnership www.convergencepartnership.org