Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2006
Contact: Tiffany Hunt, (210) 733-6604

Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte served as panelist with national organization to discuss childhood obesity

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- On Tuesday, March 14th, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) served as a panelist at the Brookings Institutions' briefing on childhood obesity. The event was held at 9:00 a.m. today at the Falk Auditorium in Washington, DC.

The Brookings Institution is a private non-profit organization. The Institution is dedicated to conducting independent research and finding policy solutions to inform the public.

The Brookings Institution and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School sponsored today's forum, where Panelists were able to examine federal, state, and local initiatives designed to address childhood obesity.

Over the last 30 years, the amount of children who are overweight or obese has doubled to nearly 30 percent. This poses considerable public health hazards, and medical costs as a result of this obesity epidemic are rising.

Senator Van de Putte said, "As both a Pharmacist and a Legislator, I recognize the need to work at not only the state level, but also at the federal and local level to combat the childhood obesity epidemic."

Other panelists and speakers included Moderator, C. Tracy Orleans, Senior Scientist of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Sylvia Dunn, Food Service Director at Cypress Cove Elementary School in Slidell, Louisiana; Jill Wynns, Commissioner of San Francisco Unified School District; Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and Chris Paxson, Director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University. Eric Bost, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture served as the keynote speaker.

For media related inquiries, please contact Tiffany Hunt at (210) 733-6604.