Clinton to Address Healthy Schools Forum

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Friday, Jul. 28, 2006 11:39 am  

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Little Rock July 31 to address the first Healthy Schools Forum, an event sponsored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The alliance, a joint initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, will host the forum at the Clinton Presidential Library and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service from July 30 through Aug. 1. Clinton is scheduled to address the forum at 10:30 a.m. on July 31.

The Healthy Schools Forum joins public health and education experts and representatives from many of the 200 schools from 12 states that have been selected to take part in the Healthy Schools Program. The program, launched in February, takes a comprehensive approach to reducing childhood obesity by recognizing schools that improve nutrition in the foods sold in schools; increase both physical education and physical activity before, during and after the school day; provide nutrition education; and establish staff wellness programs.

Other speakers at the event include Gov. Huckabee; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Robert Harrison, executive director of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation; Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service; and Nancy Brown, COO of the American Heart Association.

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