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

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.

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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.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rachel Kimbro at 713-348-4265 or

About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.