Facing the Fat 

One out of every four children in Memphis is overweight, according to Shaping America's Youth (SAY), an initiative of the American Diabetes Association targeting childhood obesity.

SAY and the local health organization Healthy Memphis Common Table are hoping to get the skinny from ordinary Memphians on how to solve the fat problem. On Saturday, January 21st, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, the two organizations will host the first in a series of town meetings to be held in major cities across the country. At the meeting, area residents will meet in focus groups to provide input on how to curb the obesity problem.

"We wanted to start in a place where weight is an issue that's been highlighted," said Dr. David McCarron, executive director of SAY. "Memphis is focused on as a city that has a bigger weight problem than other places in the country."

After suggestions have been gathered from the meetings in Memphis and other cities, SAY will formulate a National Action Plan, providing tools any parent can use to help their kids shape up and stay healthy.

Shaping America's Youth 21st Century Town Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, January 21st, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center (info, 1-800-SAY-9221)

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