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Sunday, November 21 at 2 p.m. Healthy You: A Community Forum on Child Obesity

(Rochester, NY) WXXI helped to galvanize the community around the eradication of lead poisoning. Now, Rochester's public broadcasting station is joining forces with community leaders and the best medical minds to raise awareness about childhood obesity. As part of its Healthy You initiative, WXXI will host a televised special to address the issue of child obesity and help people lead healthier lives. Healthy You: A Community Forum on Child Obesity and Child Health airs Sunday, November 21 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 2.1/cable 1011 and 11). The forum invites members of the community to discuss the latest epidemic that threatens our children. Viewers will learn what is happening in the community to help kids stay active and healthy, and receive practical advice about how to make sure your family eats right.

The hour-long televised forum will be led by a panel of experts including: Dr. Stephen Cook, University of Rochester Medical Center, and representatives from The Rochester City School District and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. There will also be nutritionists on hand to offer advice for good eating and to share stories. They will be joined by a live studio audience. The forum will be taped on Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Individuals interested in being part of the audience should call (585) 258-0200. To submit a question to the panelists prior to the broadcast, visit http://www.facebook.com/HealthyYouPage.

This is the second of two televised forums that WXXI will host as part of its Healthy You initiative. WXXI's first forum on childhood obesity aired on WXXI-TV and partnering station WSKG-TV (Binghamton) in late February 2010, and is available to view online at <http://interactive.wxxi.org/highlights/2010/02/wxxi-healthy-you-forum-child-health>. The initiative is designed to help educate families across the region about the importance of eating healthy, maintaining a healthy body weight, and exercising. In addition to the televised forums, the project includes teacher workshops, TV segments to promote healthy behaviors to school-aged children, and a web site (http://interactive.wxxi.org/healthyyou).

This televised forum, and the Healthy You initiative, is made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. WXXI is your source for good health information.


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