In line with earlier initiatives on topics like End of Life Issues and Lead in Consumer Products and the Environment we are currently engaged in an initiative on Obesity and Overweight issues :
The importance of this issue is underscored when considering that in Vermont and nationally, the illness and premature deaths associated with obesity are approaching overtaking tobacco as the greatest avoidable public health problem we face:
Michele Obama has recognized the disturbing trends and the White House recently issued a Report on Obesity
In February, 2010, we invited stakeholders ranging from public health officials to educators to Vermont farmers to the Retail Grocers Association to the soft drink beverage industry to come together and discuss obesity-related problems and what we might consider doing in Vermont to improve the situation. We expect the group to propose recommendations and then a report to be prepared for public release in late September or early October.