PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Dec. 2, 2013) — The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will host an invitation-only program in December titled New Frontiers in Combating Obesity: A 10-Year Plan for Arkansas. The result of the two-day summit will be the formation of a plan to combat obesity in Arkansas.
The two-day summit — developed with an advisory committee comprising state leaders in health and education — will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13.
“Obesity is a complex epidemic with far-reaching health and economic implications,” said Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas surgeon general. “It’s a battle we can’t afford to lose and one that will require all hands on deck to win.”
Thompson, along with other health care leaders such as Dr. Joe Bates, deputy state health officer, and Dr. Dan Rahn, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will participate in the summit, as will other leaders from the education and community sectors.