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Congressional Briefing: "Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living"

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Sponsored by Prevention Institute in partnership with Senator Tom Harkin, Chair, HELP Committee; and Representative Barbara Lee.

Co-sponsored by American Public Health Association (APHA); APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section; Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Institute for Alternative Futures; Safe States Alliance; and Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR).

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (breakfast included)
Venue: Capitol Visitor Center*, Room 203-02 (Room is located on the Senate side), Washington, D.C.
*Use the First Street Entrance, located across from the Supreme Court Building

This briefing will highlight:
Violence and fear of violence undermine the effectiveness of efforts to prevent chronic diseases. Preventing violence in the first place, therefore, is critical to improving America's health.

  • Evidence on the links between violence and healthy eating and physical activity
  • Evidence on what works to prevent violence, including examples from a national CDC-funded initiative, UNITY
  • Solutions to decrease violence while increasing healthy eating and active living
  • Lessons from a community pilot to integrate a violence prevention approach into efforts to increase access to healthy food
  • Implications for federal policies and policy implementation

Panelists:

  • Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Director, National Center for Injury Control
  • Paul López, Denver City Councilmember, District 3
  • Virginia Lee, MPH, Prevention Institute
  • Larry Cohen, MSW, Prevention Institute (Moderator)
  • Brief remarks by Brian D. Smedley, PhD, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Susan Polan, PhD, American Public Health Association

To RSVP and for more information, please contact Virginia Lee at virginia-at-preventioninstitute.org or (510) 444-8027, ext. 320.

Download the paper, Addressing the Intersection: Preventing Violence and Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living.

Determined to improve health and safety for everyone, Prevention Institute builds prevention and equity into key policies and actions to transform the places where people live, work, play and learn.

Support for this work has been provided by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs and the Convergence Partnership.