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Attorney General’s Initiative To Address Obesity In Vermont - Kick-Off Meeting And Presentations

CONTACT: Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5507

February 16, 2010

On Wednesday, February 17, 2010, the Attorney General will host the initial meeting to launch a new multi-disciplinary public initiative to identify and develop actions to complement the work of the Departments of Health and Education to address obesity in Vermont. More than 80 stakeholders will participate in the initiative.

Starting at 9am, Yale University’s Dr. Kelly Brownell, a prominent expert on the subject, will present on “Obesity: States as Game Changers.” Representatives from the Vermont Department of Health and Department of Education will outline current programs in their respective departments.

Date: Wednesday February 17, 2010
Location: Pavilion Office Building, Basement Auditorium, 109 State St., Montpelier VT

9:00 Introduction by Attorney General William H. Sorrell
9:15 Obesity: States as Game Changers, Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D., Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University. The Rudd Center’s mission is to improve the world’s diet, to prevent obesity, and to reduce weight stigma by combining science with public policy. This center brings together experts from nutrition, psychology, law, economics, business and more to produce real change.

10:20 Current Programs – Vermont Department of Health by Susan Coburn
11:00 Current Programs – Vermont Department of Education by Laurie Colgan and Lindsay Simpson
11:20 Working group meetings

More resources, including reports and additional contact information, relating to obesity and the Attorney General’s initiative, are posted on the Attorney General’s website, at

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