7th Annual Southern Obesity Summit

Summary

The 7th Annual Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is being held for the first time in the state of Tennessee on November 17 -19, 2013 at the new Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. Tennessee has demonstrated unparalleled leadership in the fight against obesity in the South. This year, we are thrilled to partner with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's Office to bring SOS to Music City, USA!

The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from the 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states are joining forces to fight obesity.

Just say YES! This year's SOS is more than a conference.  It is the place to find technical assistance for your state through learning collaboratives.  It is a time to connect with others in your field of expertise and develop strategies to work together.  We are implementing a NEW format, and we request that each state bring a team that is ready to learn, engage and take action!  Recruit your experts in public health, health care, schools, industry, education, academics, insurance, nutrition and government.  We will work within the pillars established at prior Summits and define actions we can take across all 16 southern states that will truly make a difference.  The 7th Annual Southern Obesity Summit has two over-arching goals:

 

    1. To effectively engage youth in our strategies to prevent obesity
    2. To help stakeholders strategize policy and program initiatives across all 16 states

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