NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Could it be fast food meals, a lack of nutritional school lunches or today’s video screen culture? What is it that’s driven 39 percent of children in the state to be overweight or obese? To help find the answers and combat this alarming epidemic, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation will hold a Childhood Obesity Best Practices Forum from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the Adventure Science Center.

The focus of the forum is to raise awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic in Tennessee, to change behavior and create supportive environments by partnering to engage parents and the community. Featured speakers Include Veronica Gunn, M.D., chief medical officer for the State of Tennessee and Marcy Walker, a trustee of the Mountain States Foundation. A fitness demonstration performed by GoTrybe ambassadors will also take place during the forum.

Who: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation

What: The Childhood Obesity Best Practices Forum

Where/ When: Adventure Science Center

800 Ft. Negley Blvd.

Friday, Nov. 19 at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Why: To help raise awareness and change behavior regarding childhood obesity

About BlueCross

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