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.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university and its only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of the state and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.