Southern Obesity Summit

Southern Obesity Summit

8501 N Mopac Expy, Ste 170, Austin (TX), 78759, United States

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About The 10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit, presented by Texas Health Institute & the Live Smart Texas Steering Committee is taking place November 13-15, 2016
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Mission Our focus is on strategies identified as having the most impact on obesity prevention:

o Early Childcare
o Food Access
o Nutrition Policy
o Health Care
o Physical Activity
o Schools
o Worksite Wellness


The 10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit has an overarching goal:
• Help stakeholders strategize next steps to implement policy and program initiatives across all 16 states to prevent obesity

We continue to support the following objectives to achieving these goals:
• Promote cross-sector collaboration and partnerships to prevent obesity
• Provide opportunities for practitioners to share successful policy and community-based intervention strategies
• Further define a Southern Strategy to encourage effective inter-state initiatives and collaboration
Description 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 join forces to fight obesity.

The 10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit will return to Texas on November 13-15, 2016 at the JW Marriott, in Houston, Texas. With a focus on policy and a culture of health, this Summit helps stakeholders strategize next steps to implement policy and program initiatives across all 16 states to prevent obesity

The Southern Obesity Summit began with seed capital from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a spinoff project of the Southern Rural Access Program, a seven-year initiative to improve access to care. The Southern Rural Access Program’s National Advisory Committee was led by Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, and previous Surgeon General of the United States. Texas Health Institute (THI) and Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) partnered to put on the inaugural SOS in Little Rock in 2007. Since Little Rock(2007), SOS has been held in Birmingham, AL (2008); Austin, TX (2009); Atlanta, GA (2010); New Orleans, LA (2011), Charlotte, NC (2012), Nashville, TN (2013), Louisville, KY (2014) and Jackson, MS (2015).
  • 8501 N Mopac Expy, Ste 170, Austin (TX), 78759, United States
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