The State of Obesity 2019 Congressional Briefing: Better Policies for a Healthier America


On November 18th, 2019, Trust for America’s Health held a briefing for congressional staff and partners that reviewed the latest obesity rates and trends, the role of public health and other stakeholders in preventing, treating and responding to obesity and its comorbidities, highlighted promising approaches to ensure healthy communities, and offered evidence-based policy recommendations that could help all Americans lead healthier lives.

Briefing speakers included:

  • John Auerbach, MBA, President and CEO, Trust for America’s Health
  • Devita Davison, Executive Director, FoodLab Detroit
  • Martha Halko, MS, RD, LD, Deputy Director of Prevention & Wellness, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Board of Health
  • Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Briefing materials:

  • Panelists biographies
  • Presentation slides
  • CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity At A Glance fact sheet
  • CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity’s Work in Healthcare Settings to Reduce Childhood Obesity fact sheet
  • TFAH’s State of Obesity 2019 Report
  • TFAH’s State of Obesity 2019 report fact sheet
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) 2019 Obesity Report

For more information, please contact Daphne Delgado, TFAH Senior Government Relations Manager at [email protected]