Sociology Department is Hosting a Community Forum on Childhood Obesity

Monday, November 5th, 2012

More children are overweight today than ever before and the numbers are rising.  Overweight children and teens experience more health problems which can worsen as they grow into adulthood. Yet parents, teachers, health care providers and policymakers struggle with what to do to address this serious problem.

The public is invited to participate in a community forum to discuss what we can do to encourage healthy weights among our children and youth. West Virginia Wesleyan College Sociology Department is sponsoring a community forum on childhood obesity and access to quality nutrition in the Buckhannon area on November 8 at 7:00 pm in the Social Hall in the Benedum Campus Center.

Dr. William Neil, Head of Pediatric Cardiology at WVU will present a brief overview of childhood obesity and its health consequences.  Following Dr. Neil’s presentation, student researchers from WVWC will discuss their results of a recent study of local accessibility to quality nutrition in the Buckhannon area to begin an open discussion about the resources Buckhannon already has which can address this issue.   The forum will bring together members of the community in a thoughtful conversation about what can be done to address the issue of childhood obesity in our community.

The goal of the forum is to consider individual, organizational, and community responses to the rising rate of childhood obesity. We hope opportunities for community action will emerge from this discussion that will be best implemented by a partnership among the agencies and organizations in our community. If we are going be successful in tackling the issue of childhood obesity, our first step is to listen to and learn from each other. Please email clark_m@wvwc.edu for more information.