Obesity Summit planned for Mesa County

The Mesa County Health Department plans to tackle one of its “winnable battles” next month when it hosts an Obesity Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Grand Junction Public Safety building, 555 Ute Ave.

The county announced earlier this year it plans to tackle three issues in the next few years: obesity, suicide and unintended pregnancy. The county partnered with community leaders and the Teen Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention Coalition to host a summit addressing unintended pregnancy in June, and a Suicide Prevention Summit took place in March.

Obesity prevalence, causes and solutions will be discussed at the Nov. 2 summit. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 23 percent of Mesa County adults were obese as of 2010, compared with 20.1 percent at the state level.

“Through our community health needs assessment process, obesity was identified as a public health issue in Mesa County,” Mesa County Health Department Director Jeff Kuhr said in a press release.

Obesity can contribute to heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes and certain types of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Members of the public, obesity prevention advocates and medical and nutritional professionals are invited to discuss factors that contribute to obesity and best practices for ways to decrease Mesa County’s obesity rate.

The event is open to the public but registration is required. Call 2-1-1 (or 244-8400 from a cellphone) to register by Friday.

Breakfast and lunch will be catered by Il Bistro Italiano.


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