New IOM workshop will discuss how cross-sector solutions can help solve the obesity crisis

Please join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable (IOM) on Obesity Solutions on Sept. 30, 2014, for a public workshop titled Cross-Sector Work on Obesity Prevention, Treatment, and Weight Maintenance: Models for Change.

Register to attend the workshop at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC, or via live webcast at 9 a.m., ET.

The workshop will explore how stakeholders with a traditional role in promoting health, such as health care and public health institutions, have aligned and partnered with sectors not traditionally engaged in health promotion and obesity prevention, including education, transportation, business, and industry. Successful examples of cross-sector collaborations exist, yet barriers exist when scaling and replicating such initiatives.

Speakers will address the importance of health equity, sustainability, leadership, and measurement in cross-sector obesity solutions. Workshop participants will identify best practices, lessons learned, and steps needed to advance obesity solutions through cross-sector work.

Featured speakers and case studies will include:

  • Place Matters Cook County
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • PowerUp in the Saint Croix Valley
  • A Statewide Strategy to Battle Child Obesity in Delaware
  • Don Hinkle-Brown, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Lisel Loy, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Mel Ming, Sesame Workshop
  • Debra Oto-Kent, Health Education Council
  • Marion Standish, The California Endowment
  • Maha Tahiri, General Mills

For more information on the workshop and agenda, please visit, or contact Sarah Ziegenhorn at

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