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AMC to participate in obesity forum

The Adirondack Rural Health Network and its partners, including the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, will present "Putting the Pieces Together: Community Strategies to Reduce Obesity."

The one-day conference, scheduled for May 26 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, will focus on reducing obesity in rural areas.

Health experts say the combination of physical inactivity and poor nutrition is the nation's second leading preventable cause of death. Research has shown that people who live in neighborhoods where healthy food is available, walking and biking is safe, and resources for active living are easy to find are much more likely to maintain a healthy weight.

The forum's keynote speaker is Mark Fenton, a nationally-renowned expert on healthy communities. The former host of the PBS series "America's Walking" is a recognized authority on public policy initiatives to develop bicycle and pedestrian community plans.

The conference will also feature workshops focused on: community collaborations for healthy kids; school programs to prevent obesity; building healthy communities; children and family food choices; improving community access to fresh produce; and advocacy for policy and environmental change.

The conference targets health care and human services professionals, educators, transportation and planning experts, fitness and nutrition professionals, economic stakeholders, policy makers, and community advocates.

A registration fee of $45 includes conference materials, breakfast and lunch and must be received by Friday, May 13.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Registration and scholarship forms, as well as additional information, can be found at www.arhn.org.

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