Kinder Institute Urban Health Program to co-host discussion on childhood obesity

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Amy Hodges

Rice’s Kinder Institute Urban Health Program to co-host panel discussion on childhood obesity Feb. 28

HOUSTON – (Feb. 21, 2013) – Rice University’s Kinder Institute Urban Health Program will present a public forum on “Childhood Obesity: Pieces of the Puzzle” Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. An interactive panel discussion on community-based, clinical and policy-level solutions will be moderated by local media personality Minerva Perez.

Co-hosts of the event are the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Healthy Living Matters, CAN DO Houston and the Mayor’s Healthy Houston Task Force.

“Childhood obesity in Texas is a serious issue with major implications for the health of Texans and the economic status of our state,” said Rachel Kimbro, director of the Kinder Institute Urban Health Program. “Obesity could cost Texas businesses $32.5 billion annually by 2030 if current trends in obesity and health care costs continue.”

What: “Childhood Obesity: Pieces of the Puzzle.”
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

Where: Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St.

The event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are also welcome to attend but must RSVP to Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at or 713-348-6777.


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