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Welch partners with Kentucky Nurses Association and Passport Health Plan to fight obesity

Thursday October 18, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

It is a unique opportunity for health officials to learn more about obesity in Metro Louisville but more importantly do something about the problem.

"Obesity is totally preventable," says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13, "We want to encourage people to live healthier long lives,"

Welch will assist in the continuing education program of Kentucky Nurses Association and the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to outreach in the community regarding the epidemic of obesity. The program will be held on October 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

"It is our goal to look at the current data we have on hand relating to obesity in Louisville," says Welch. "We will also be talking about how to get people motivated and what holds others back in moving toward a healthier lifestyle."

The seminar will also look at the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Initiative and also discuss how the various agencies can work together in sharing information and collaborate for a healthier community.

Speakers for the seminar include Welch, who is a registered nurse; Leanne M. French, MS Administrator, Community Health Education and Promotion, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness; Shelia Andersen, JD, BSN, Director, Policy Planning and evaluation, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health And Wellness and Ron Keene, RN, Coronary Artery Disease Program Manager, Passport Health Plan.

The event, which is available to some 400 health care professionals, will take place at the Kosair Charities Facility, 982 Eastern Parkway.

Welch is also planning to make the public more aware of the problem as the holiday season draws near.

"I will be sponsoring a resolution in November as part of Obesity Awareness Month," says Welch. " I think this is very appropriate as we go into the holiday season so that hopefully people will choose healthier ways to cook and eat during this festive season."

For more information about the seminar, contact Councilwoman Welch's office at 574-1113.

Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13