Media Advisory: Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Pediatrician and School Nutrition Director to Host Media Call on Need to Protect Child Nutrition Standards

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Pediatrician and School Nutrition Director to Host Media Call on Need to Protect Child Nutrition Standards


WASHINGTON,
 May 28, 2014- TODAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Dr. Robert Murray, the President-Elect of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Donna West, a child nutrition manager at Brownwood Elementary School in Scottsboro, AL will host a media call to discuss the need to protect the childhood nutrition standards that are helping provide kids with more fruits and vegetables. They will discuss the healthcare implications of childhood obesity, which has doubled during the past 30 years.
 
According to Cornell University researchers, the estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illness are a staggering $190.2 billion, or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States.  A separate Duke University study indicates that childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical costs.
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
1 p.m. EDT
 
WHAT:  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack,  Dr. Robert Murray, the President-Elect of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Donna West, a child nutrition manager at Brownwood Elementary School in Scottsboro, AL will host a media call to discuss the need to protect the childhood nutrition standards that are helping provide kids with more fruits and vegetables.      
 
DIAL-IN:     
800-857-4853                                        
 
PASSCODE: 
NUTRITION (Given Verbally)
 


All callers using the above passcode will be placed in listen only mode.  To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.  
                                    
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