Policy Forum

Tipping the Scale: Policy Approaches Toward Healthy Living and Tackling the Obesity Epidemic

obese woman on exercise bike


January 28, 2010


5:30 p.m. – Registration
6:30 p.m. – Program


RAND Corporation
Santa Monica, CA



Year after year, Americans make New Year's resolutions to lose weight. Some enjoy long-term success, while others experience weight increases or lose weight only to gain it back. Although many view the struggle with weight as a private concern, the steady rise in obesity—and obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and depression—makes it a public health problem as well.

Are there ways that communities can promote healthy behaviors and quality-of-life enhancers such as bike paths and neighborhood parks? Are there effective ways to compete with misleading media images of fast food? Join us at this Policy Forum as our distinguished panelists consider alternative approaches to weight-related health challenges.

Featured Speakers

Kim Belshé, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency

Deborah Cohen, Senior Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation

Jot Condie, President & CEO, California Restaurant Association

Roland Sturm, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

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