Local health data indicates that 36 percent of Washoe County school-aged children are overweight or obese, and 56 percent of adults in Reno and Sparks are overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity can lead to severe and chronic health problems during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and asthma.
“Obesity as a health issue has taken center stage on the national level,” said Dr. Joseph Iser, Washoe County District Health Officer. “Our community has the opportunity to work together to take advantage of the resources and recommendations to prevent and reduce obesity and being overweight and to build upon current efforts.”
The 2011 forum will focus on community and clinical approaches to preventing obesity across the lifespan.