RAND Experts to Discuss Public Policy Approaches to Addressing the Obesity Epidemic


Every year, millions of Americans make New Year's Resolutions to lose weight, but many of them are unsuccessful or even put on more pounds. Although many view the struggle with weight as a private concern, the steady rise in obesity—and obesity-related medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and depression—makes it a public health problem as well.

Are there effective ways that communities can promote healthy behaviors and quality-of-life enhancers such as bike paths and neighborhood parks? Are there ways to compete with misleading media images of fast food? Join a panel of public health policy experts for a lively discussion as the RAND Corporation hosts "Tipping the Scale: Policy Approaches Toward Healthy Living and Tackling the Obesity Epidemic."

  • Kim Belshé, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency
  • Dr. Deborah Cohen, Senior Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Jot Condie, President & CEO, California Restaurant Association
  • Roland Sturm, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

Registration at 5:30 p.m.; program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010
Refreshments will be served


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