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This Weekend: Slow Food Movement Takes on Obesity


San Francisco is known for being among the more progressive cities when it comes to taking on childhood obesity — and it doesn’t look like advocates there are slowing down anytime soon.

On Saturday, the organization Slow Food San Francisco will host the Childhood Obesity Bay Area annual conference, a full-day event focusing on themes of youth empowerment, health disparities and the economics of obesity.

“Childhood obesity is a complex problem without a single or easy solution. However we’ve never had so many dedicated people working on the issue with access to communication tools that allow us to share ideas and resources faster than ever before,” says Laura O’Donohue, who serves as director of the conference. “The goal of this conference is to create a space for those working on the issue to connect and collaborate in order to strengthen everyone’s work, and to more immediately reach out to at risk families and children.”

Tickets to the event cost $45. Not in the Bay Area? You can view the conference via Slow Food San Francisco’s live stream channel for $5.

Scheduled keynote speakers include Kathryn Boyle, project manager at Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs and Charlotte Dickson, director of local policy at the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

“Our speakers represent work being done in the fields of policy, health disparities, economics, and youth empowerment,” O’Donohue says. “We hope attendees gain a broader perspective on childhood obesity that will lead to more effective models for change in our communities and professions.”

For more information, visit Slow Food San Francisco’s website.