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Briefing Date:09/29/2004
Topic:Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
and
Food and Nutrition Board
Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
430 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 11:30 a.m.
and
HC-6, The Capitol -- 2:00 p.m.

And

Thursday, September 30, 2004
638 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 1:00 p.m.
and
2261 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 2:30 p.m.


on

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance

In response to a request by Congress in P.L. 107-116, this new report from the Institute of Medicine offers a prevention-oriented action plan to tackle the alarming rise in childhood obesity. It lays out a comprehensive national strategy that recommends specific actions for families, schools, industry, communities, and government. The goal -- decreasing the prevalence of obesity in children and youth in the United States, particularly regarding the behavioral and cultural factors, social constructs, and other broad environmental factors involved in childhood obesity.

This series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 30, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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