The Future Starts Now: Reversing Obesity Trends through Sustainable Efforts – archived webinar

Originally presented on October 21, 2011

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What do environmental health specialists, fast food restaurants, epidemiologists, land use planners, health educators and zoning board members have in common?  Tune into this Webinar to find out!

Obesity is a growing issue on the minds of public health practitioners as well as educators and elected officials. According to the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO), obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Illinois — 62% of Illinois adults are overweight or obese. One in five children is obese, the fourth worst rate in the nation. Given that obesity and being overweight are primary determinants of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes — already leading causes of death in Illinois — clearly it is time for a change NOW!  Communities have a vested interest in reversing these frightening trends. Population-based change takes time and effort.  Our presenters will share how strategic planning and partnerships have positioned their communities to create positive population-based change in their communities through a variety of short and longer term multi-sectoral approaches as well as the urgency for taking a variety of actions now.



As a result of the Webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the connections between planning communities for the future and achieving sustainable positive outcomes in public health.
2. Identify potential partners and describe ways to engage non-traditional public health partners in collaborative approaches to reduce obesity.
3. Identify potential short-term or immediate wins in the fight against obesity.
4. Understand critical actions necessary today for building the infrastructure for future long-term change.
5. Describe ways capacity building is used to ensure sustainability for this work.
6. Identify opportunities to integrate public health priorities into any public or private venture.
7.  Communicate the value of integrating public health considerations into the land use decision-making process.


Target Audience

Targeted to IPLAN Coordinators, other local health department staff, land use planners, community health partners (traditional and non-traditional) interested in reversing the trends of obesity.



Angie Bailey, M.S.Ed., MPH, CHES
Director of Health Education at Jackson County Health Department
Paul Kuehnert, MS, RN
Executive Director for Health for Kane County
Mark VanKerkhoff, AIA
Director of the Development & Community Services Department for Kane County