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Posted: February 11, 2009  :

(RWire) Health and Fitness: The Youth Obesity Coalition Hosts Save Our Kids: The Obesity Crisis Conference

Registration open for February 18th event at Richmond Marriott

RICHMOND, Va. - (February 3, 2009) - The Youth Obesity Coalition announces the second "Save Our Kids: The Obesity Crisis Conference" will be held Wednesday, February 18th at the Richmond Marriott.

"Bon Secours Richmond Health System is pleased to partner with Sports Backers in this effort to improve the health of our children," says Irene Zolotorofe, administrative director for the Good Life Center. "The solutions are, first and foremost, awareness and acknowledgement that this is a national emergency and then educating ourselves to address the behaviors resulting in childhood obesity."

The one-day conference, which is sponsored by the Bon Secours Richmond Health System, American Family Fitness, the Golden Rule Foundation, Kraft Foods, the Robins Foundation, Sports Backers, The Switch Beverage Company and TeamVAFitness, will feature presentations by: Tracy A. Fox, President, Food Nutrition & Policy, Bethesda, MD; Minot Cleveland, M.D., Chair, Physical Education for All Kids (PEAK) Coalition, Portland, OR and Todd Sisneros, winner of the 2006 CNN FitNation Challenge and creator of TECLUB Fitness Program, Laughlin, NV.

"The Youth Obesity Coalition, which was formed as a result of last year's Save Our Kids conference, has assembled a group of nationally recognized experts who have achieved success in the battle against childhood obesity," says Sports Backers Fit For Life program coordinator Faith Hecht, who is the event's director. "This is our follow-up event to push the entire community to engage in that fight."

There will also be break-out sessions led by regional experts: Best Practice Breakout Sessions: Alicia Gonzalez, executive director, Chicago Run; Kristin Massie, PE teacher, Charles City (VA) Elementary School; Sara Brodsky, 5th grade teacher, South Hialeah (FL) Elementary School; Dr. Kimberly Perry, executive director, BikeWalk Virginia; Jeanette Cordor, president, the Faces of Hope, Richmond VA; Brian Cooney, PE teacher, West New York (NJ) PS#5; Raeanne Zylman, PE teacher, Veterans Memorial Middle School, Blue Island, IL; representatives from Hanover County (VA) Public Schools; Patricia Colonel, teacher, Miami Springs Middle School (FL); representatives from the TEENS and NOURISH Programs, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA; Lynne Bennett, COACH, Chesterfield County (VA) Coalition for Active Children.

The Sports Backers are leaders in Richmond's battle against childhood obesity through Fit For Life, a free incentive-based youth fitness program for school children. In addition, they sponsor many community parent-child fitness events like the First Market Kids Mile and the Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run. They also award $62,000 a year to qualified high school scholar-athletes.

The Save Our Kids: The Obesity Crisis Conference costs $40, which includes lunch. Sign up online at:

Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Director
(805) 696-6232; Fax = (805) 659-0016

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