The Role of Business in Multi-Sector Obesity Solutions: Working Together for Positive Change
Obesity affects 17 percent of children and adolescents and almost 36 percent of adults. Conservative estimates suggest that obesity accounts for almost 10 percent of the national health care budget. Until the obesity epidemic is reversed, obesity will continue to drive rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. A 2012 IOM report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention , highlighted the need for action across all sectors to address the environmental and policy drivers of the epidemic.
Many sectors have recognized the need for action, and a number of groups have formed across the country to tackle specific aspects of the epidemic. Stakeholders with a traditional role in promoting health, such as health care and public health institutions, have begun to align and partner with additional sectors in obesity prevention, including education, transportation, financial institutions, and the business /industry sector.
An earlier workshop under the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions informed members and attendees alike about existing examples of cross-sector collaborations and inspired them to consider opportunities for future coordination.
The Roundtable will host a new workshop on April 12 that will focus specifically on the role of the business sector in obesity solutions. The workshop will feature expert speakers and discussion on why and how to encourage the business community to be involved in obesity solutions, identify reasons why businesses might be interested in being involved, and demonstrate ways they can be engaged with a focus on community level multi-sector collaborations.
An agenda for this April 12 workshop will be posted closer to the workshop date. The workshop is expected to begin at 9:00 AM ET and will adjourn by ~3:30 PM ET.
Due to room capacity, in-person registration for this workshop is limited. The workshop will be webcast live from this page. No login or additional action is required.
The speakers' PowerPoint slides and a video recording of the proceedings will be available on this page sometime after the meeting.