Obesity and the Built Environment Conference
Scheduled May 24-26, 2004
NIEHS To Host "Obesity and the Built Environment: Improving
Public Health through Community Design"
What: A 3-day conference which will focus on built environment
and obesity links at cross-cutting levels and settings, across the
board, from families and urban/suburban/rural residential communities,
to schools and children, and work sites. Questions to be addressed
include the areas of community and workplace design, policy, communication
Why: With obesity at epidemic proportions and a major area
of focus for the Department of Health and Human Services and the
NIH, this conference will provide an excellent forum to discuss
and illustrate how different environments contribute to obesity
via access to food and physical activity, and how environmental
health research and interventions can address this growing public
Hosts: The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(NIEHS) is organizing this conference.
When: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24-26, 2004.
Where: Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C.
Who: More than 350 people are registered, representing multiple
disciplines (including researchers from public and environmental
health arenas, urban planners, policy makers, advocacy and public
health professionals, etc.) and a variety of sectors (including
federal, state and local governments, academia, private industry,
and public interest groups). Keynote presenters include Drs. Jim
Hill, Mike McGinnis, Adam Drewnoski, David Satcher, and Lou Sullivan.
Info: More details about the conference can be found at
Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIEHS conducts and
supports research to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction
from environmental causes by understanding environmental factors,
individual susceptibility and age and by discovering how these influences
Fact sheets on Obesity and the Built Environment can be found on
the NIEHS home page at www.niehs.nih.gov/drcpt/beoconf/factsht.pdf.