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Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference to focus on physical activity for healthier communities

09/06/12  Portland, Ore.

WHAT: Toni Yancey, M.D., M.P.H., a national leader in promoting physical activity as a means to combat obesity and chronic disease, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s 29th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference, sponsored by the Oregon Office of Rural Health at Oregon Health & Science University.

Dr. Yancey has worked for years on developing programs to motivate people to get up and move.

"We just aren't really structured to be sitting for such long periods of time, and when we do that, our body just kind of goes into shutdown," Yancey says.

The threat of childhood obesity to the health of our children and the health of our nation has never been greater. For the first time in our history, the United States is raising a generation of children who may live sicker, shorter lives than their parents.

Yancey is co-director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a a basketball enthusiast, poet, and author of more than 100 scientific publications and the book “Instant Recess, Building a Fit Nation.”

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

WHERE: Salishan Resort, 7760 Highway 101 North, Gleneden Beach, OR

DETAILS: Registration and agenda information can be found on the Oregon Office of Rural Health website.

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