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Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace, (502) 564-6786  

 To maintain community collaboration in the effort to fight the state’s obesity problem, the Department for Public Health (DPH) is having regional strategic planning meetings in the following locations:

· Lexington on April 20, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service, 1140 Red Mile Place 

· Bowling Green on April 25 from 9 a.m. – noon CST at the Carroll Knicely Center, 2355 Nashville Road

· Boone County on May 10, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Boone County Scheben Library, 8899 U.S. Highway 42 in Union

· Hazard on June 27, 1:30 – 4 p.m. at the UK Center for Rural Health, 750 Morton Blvd., Room 214

The strategic planning meetings are designed to build on the widely successful obesity forums which were held around the state a year ago and drew an attendance of more than 1,300. Participants were asked to provide input on how their community was combating obesity and what they would like to see happen in the future. A state action plan was developed using input from the forums.

The goals, objectives and strategies presented in the state action plan are intended to help create environments that promote healthy eating and physically active lifestyles. The action plan can be found at Participants are encouraged to read the state action plan before attending the workshops.

To reach the goals of the state action plan to address the obesity problem, the obesity prevention program staff wants to work with regional communities to coordinate local grassroots efforts.

“Community collaboration is essential as we continue to address the state’s obesity problem,” said Elaine Russell, DPH’s nutrition services coordinator for the obesity prevention program. “It is for this purpose we are requesting your attendance at the regional meetings.”

Regional meetings have taken place already in Owensboro, Paducah, Somerset, Louisville and Ashland. Objectives from the state action plan were chosen and regional action plans grew out of these meetings.  These groups will build regional coalitions and develop Web sites for continued communication. 

“Prevention of obesity requires communities to work together to create environments that promote healthy eating and physically active lifestyles,” said Wendy Carlin, program director of DPH’s obesity prevention program.  “In order to reach the goals of the State Action Plan, the Kentucky Department for Public Health wants to work with regional communities to coordinate local grassroots efforts to address the obesity problem.”

Those who cannot attend should send a representative so all stakeholders in building a healthy community will be represented. Contact Elaine Russell at  or (502) 564-3827, ext. 3843, if you plan to attend the meeting. Another regional meeting will be announced at a later date.


Last Updated 4/11/2006