News Release

December 5, 2008

Contact: Kristina Goodnough, 860-679-3700

U.S. Surgeon General to Visit Hartford December 9-10 for Community Discussion on Childhood Obesity Prevention

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Acting Surgeon General Steven Galson, M.D., M.P.H., will visit Hartford December 9-10 as part of his national tour to promote, highlight and discuss best community practices for preventing childhood obesity.

During his visit, Galson will meet Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez and members of the Court of Common Council as well as members of community, faith-based, health care and youth organizations and with parents and educators to support efforts to help kids stay active, encourage healthy eating habits and promote healthy choices.

Also during his visit, Galson will participate in a roundtable discussion on childhood overweight and obesity prevention hosted by the University of Connecticut and the City of Hartford from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street. The roundtable provides an opportunity for community members to share their successes and discuss ways to collaborate.

“The City of Hartford is honored to welcome Acting Surgeon General Galson,” says Perez, who is supporting efforts to combat childhood obesity in the city and improve health outcomes for city residents through a recently launched Healthy Hartford wellness campaign that will increase the availability of health related information to promote physical activity, disease prevention and resource management. “Galson brings with him a dedication to health and wellness, and we share in his commitment to make a difference in the lives of urban residents by promoting healthier choices, better access to healthcare and a higher quality of life. Hartford's families deserve the best possible health education and access to services, and with the help of the Healthy Hartford Campaign, we will bring that to the residents of our great city.”

Partners in the Healthy Hartford Campaign who helped organized the surgeon general’s visit and roundtable discussion are the Connecticut Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), the UConn Center for Public Health and Health Policy, the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services, the Burgdorf Clinic, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Galson’s itinerary during his visit to Hartford is detailed below.

Tuesday, December 9

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
UConn Center for Public Health and Health Policy Outreach Tour
Asylum Hill Boys and Girls Club
170 Sigourney Street, Hartford
Green Apple Market
264 Farmington Avenue, Farmington

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Dinner and conversation on commitment to service with student scholars
Pope Park Recreation Center
30 Pope Park Drive, Hartford

6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Discussion with Mayor Perez and Court of Common Council
Hartford City Hall
550 Main Street, Hartford

Wednesday, December 10

8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Tour of Burgdorf Health Center
31 Coventry Street, Hartford

10 - 10:45 a.m.
Media Event and Champion Award Presentation
Hartford Health & Human Services
131 Coventry Street, Hartford

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Roundtable: local solutions for childhood obesity prevention
North End Senior Center
80 Coventry Street, Hartford
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12:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch, discussion of public health, health care delivery
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

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