For Immediate Release
September 4, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

State Leaders to Meet in Topeka on Sept. 6 for Kansas Summit on Obesity

TOPEKA—Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer will join Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Robert Moser and other state leaders on Sept. 6 in Topeka for the Kansas Summit on Obesity, an event of the Governor’s Council on Fitness. The purpose of the summit is to engage decision-makers in identifying and promoting best and promising strategies to address rising rates of obesity and its health and economic impact in Kansas.

Around 200 state and local elected and appointed officials, business leaders and other decision-makers are planning to attend. The summit is sponsored by the American Heart Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Kansas Health Foundation, Sunflower Foundation and United Methodist Health Ministries Fund.

Governor Brownback will make opening remarks at 9 a.m., and a panel discussion among members of the Governor’s Cabinet will take place from 10:30 to Noon. The afternoon agenda includes a break-out session during which summit attendees will develop recommended strategies for achieving health at the population level. The summit is scheduled to wrap up with the Governor’s call to action. 

The event is open to members the media; please RSVP to

WHO: Governor Brownback; Lt. Governor Colyer; Secretary Moser, KDHE; Secretary Robin Jennison, KS Dept of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Secretary Mike King, Kansas Department of Transportation; Secretary Shawn Sullivan, KS Dept for Aging and Disability Services; Caleb Asher, Deputy Secretary for the KS Dept of  Commerce; Mark Thompson, Director of Kansas Healthy Schools Program, KS State Dept of Education; and Terri Williams, Acting Secretary for the Juvenile Justice Authority. Also, around 200 local and state officials across Kansas.

WHAT: Governor’s Council on Fitness Kansas Summit on Obesity

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Ramada Inn, 420 SE 6th Street, Topeka, Kansas