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Tennessee Faith Leaders to Join Fight Against Childhood Obesity


October 18, 2012

Nashville, Tenn. — Representatives of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, United Methodist Men, and the United Methodist Association of Preschools Tennessee will join with the Campaign for Healthy Kids' Faith United to End Childhood Obesity and community partners from the Tennessee Obesity Taskforce to kick off an effort to encourage Tennessee faith leaders to work together to help end childhood obesity.

The Campaign for Healthy Kids is working to support and expand grassroots participation in the First Lady's Let's Move Faith and Communities initiative by equipping and empowering faith leaders to convene health councils and implement the five pillars of Let's Move. These include: creating a healthy start for children; empowering parents and caregivers; providing healthy food in schools; improving access to healthy, affordable foods; and increasing physical activity. The goal is to sign 1,000 additional faith leaders to the Let's Move website by the end of the year.

Following the press conference from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the United Methodist Association of Preschools will host a childcare training workshop focused on best practices for helping our youngest children get their best start through physical activity and good nutrition.

WHAT: Press conference
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: West End United Methodist Church (playground), 2200 West End Ave., Nashville, Tenn.
· Andrew Hysell, Campaign For Healthy Kids
· Dr. Pamela Roshell, Regional Director, Region IV, US Department of Health and Human Services
· Rev. John Collett, Nashville District Superintendent, Tennessee Conference, United Methodist Church
· Rev. Marie King, Chairperson of the Health and Welfare Committee, Tennessee Conference, United Methodist Church
· Gil Hanke, General Secretary, General Commission on United Methodist Men
· Gayle Callis, United Methodist Association of Preschools, Tennessee
· E. W. Dempsey, Health Ministries Director, Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
· Rev. Marvin Morgan, Intentional Interim Minister, Brookemeade Congregational UCC Church, United Church of Christ
· Dr. William Paul, Director, Metropolitan Public Health Department of Nashville and Davidson County


Media contact:
Diane Degnan
615-742-5406 (office)
615-483-1765 (cell)