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You Are Invited to Plan the Future of Your Community’s Health

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 29, 2005  
Contact Information:  Contact: Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2005) To maintain community collaboration in the effort to fight the state’s obesity problem, the Department for Public Health (DPH) will hold a Paducah regional meeting on Nov. 30 and a Somerset regional meeting on Dec. 14. The remaining regional meetings (Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky, Hazard and Ashland) will be held during March and April  2006. 

The Paducah regional meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT at the Kentucky Dam Village, 641 South, Gilbertsville, Ky., in the main lodge dining room. The Somerset regional meeting will be held at the Center for Rural Development , 2292 South Hwy 27. Both forums are open to the public.

“Community collaboration is essential as we continue to address the state’s obesity problem,” said Elaine Russell, DPH’s Nutrition Services Coordinator for the obesity prevention program. “It is for this purpose we are requesting your attendance at the regional meetings.”

DPH believes prevention of obesity requires communities to work together to create environments that promote healthy eating and physically active lifestyles. To reach the goals of the state action plan to address the obesity problem, the obesity prevention program staff wants to work with regional communities to coordinate local grassroots efforts.

The regional meeting is designed to build on the widely successful obesity forums, which were held around the state a year ago. The forums were a great success with an attendance of over 1,300 people. Participants were asked to provide input on how their community was combating obesity and what they would like to see happen in the future.

The forums also provided an excellent opportunity for networking and collaboration with concerned citizens, local organizations and community leaders.

The Kentucky Nutrition and Physical Activity State Action Plan was developed using a combination of the forum results and the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky’s expertise. The Partnership used the forum results to develop strategies to address obesity in five settings: family and communities, built environment, healthcare, schools and worksites.

The goals, objectives and strategies presented in the state action plan are intended to help create environments that promote healthy eating and physically active lifestyles. The action plan can be found at

Participants are encouraged to preview the action plan prior to the workshop. Those who cannot personally attend should send a representative so all stakeholders in building a healthy community will be represented.



Last Updated 11/29/2005