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DASH-NY to Present Annual Coalition Conference in Rochester on Healthy Community Development

What: Healthy Community Development: Economic and Infrastructure
Strategies to Reduce Obesity Disparities—the 2nd Annual DASH-NY Coalition Conference
When: Monday, March 24, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 East Main Street, Rochester, NY

DASH-NY, New York’s statewide obesity prevention policy center and coalition, will host its annual conference in Rochester, NY on March 24. Join us for an innovative conference on the connections between economic development and health disparities.

New York’s adult obesity rate is just under 24%, but the burden of obesity disparately affects communities of color, with nearly a third of Black adults obese, and 35% of adults living with disabilities.(1) Health disparities, like obesity and other chronic diseases, are exacerbated by poor access to economic opportunities and living in communities where infrastructure and resources that support healthy lifestyles are lacking.

Learn how economic and infrastructure strategies can reduce obesity and chronic disease by creating more equitable communities. The conference will focus on innovative, replicable, and sustainable solutions for healthy community development with an emphasis on equity. Such solutions involve creating healthy jobs, improving employee health and productivity through health initiatives, increasing active living through infrastructure design, and expanding access to preventive health care services.

Keynote speaker Mildred Thompson, Senior Director and Director of the
Center for Health Equity and Place at PolicyLink, will kick off a full day of talks, panels, and networking.

This conference is a networking and partnership development opportunity for multiple stakeholders: advocates, business and private sector, agencies, practitioners, planners, researchers, and community-based groups.

More information: http://www.nyam.org/dash-ny-program/dashny-conference-march2014.html

1. http://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/brfss/reports/docs/1304_overweight_and_obesity.pdf

Posted on March 10, 2014

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