The Health Issue Eating Texas’ Economy
- WHAT: The University of Health Forum III-- Obesity: The Health Issue Eating Texas’ Economy, presented by the Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC), a group of more than 20 organizations dedicated to advancing core public health principles at the state and community levels. Hosting this event is the Texas Medical Association (TMA), a TPHC member.
- WHEN: TOMORROW, Tuesday, Sept. 25, Noon-1:45 pm
- WHERE: Texas Medical Association building, 401 W. 15th St., Thompson Auditorium, First Floor
- WHO: Todd Staples, Texas Department of Agriculture commissioner, and Michael Castellon, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts e-communications coordinator and editor. The session will be moderated by Eduardo J. Sanchez, MD, MPH, vice president and chief medical officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and former commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Mr. Staples will describe how access to healthy food impacts obesity among Texans, the functions of the Texas Department of Agriculture in promoting access to healthy foods (including school nutrition programs and farmers markets), and his priorities and suggestions for addressing the obesity crisis in Texas. Mr. Castellon will describe the current and projected impact of obesity on the Texas economy and the state’s budget, describe the relationship between obesity and Texas school performance, and list the comptroller’s priorities and suggestions for improving obesity rates. In addition to moderating, Dr. Sanchez will describe the importance of worksite wellness programs and identify effective community interventions against obesity.
The University of Health is a program presented by TPHC, a group of more than 20 organizations dedicated to advancing core public health principles at the state and community levels. TMA, hosting this event, is a TPHC member.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,500 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
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