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DHS news release

April 7, 2008

Contact: Jennifer Koentop or Kathleen K. Quinn, 202-205-0143

Acting Surgeon General in Portland to promote Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative

Rear Adm. Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., the acting U.S. Surgeon General, will be in Portland, Ore., on April 9 to promote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative, "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future."

Who: Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H.


What: Dr. Galson will meet with school officials and students from the Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women regarding their new bike safety program. He will also participate in a short bike ride and present an award to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance for its work in promoting physical activity

When: Wednesday, April 9, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Where: Harriet Tubman Young Women's Leadership Academy
2231 N. Flint Ave.

To date, more than 12.5 million children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 years are overweight. As they grow older, overweight children and adolescents are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future is one of a number of initiatives HHS has launched to address this growing crisis. 


Additional information on the Surgeon General's Initiative can be found on the Surgeon Gener​al's Web site.