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Health Action Summit highlights walking guru Mark Fenton

August 5, 2010

Education + Economics + Environment = Changing the Health Equation. That’s the theme for the Health Action Summit, sponsored by the Jefferson County Department of Health and set for Wednesday, August 11, at the Wynfrey.

Mark Fenton, host of PBS series, “America’s Walking,” and former champion racewalker, is keynote speaker in the morning. Also on the agenda:
– The Tobacco Pandemic, Alan Blum, M.D., University of Alabama, Director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society.
– Hoover’s Happening Healthy, Mayor Tony Petelos, City of Hoover
– State of the County’s Health, Michael E. Fleenor, MD, MPH, Jefferson County Department of Health, Health Officer
– Exploring Food Deserts in Birmingham, Mari Gallagher

Breakout sessions are scheduled on the following topics:
– Understanding American Health Care Reform
– Walking Groups
– Health Action Orientation
– Growing Healthy Kids in Healthy Communities
– Health Literacy
– Walk Audits with Mark Fenton
– Grant writing
– Resources for Effective Partnerships

Registration is $50 (including breakfast & lunch) and you can sign up on the Health Department’s website.

More about speakers:
MARK FENTON: Walking does more than improve our health. It also gets us in touch with our own communities and environment, as Mark Fenton demonstrates when he hosts the PBS series, “America’s Walking.” A longtime walking advocate and expert, Fenton formerly served as editor-at-large of WALKING magazine.

He is also a champion walker and five-time member of the U.S. national racewalking team. While training for the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials in the 50-kilometer (31-mile) racewalk, he studied biomechanics and exercise physiology at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

MARI GALLAGHER: Widely known for her study of “Food Deserts,” those places in our communities where fresh foods are not readily available, Mari Gallagher brings attention to many quality-of-life issues as she works with clients through the Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group. She works with grassroots community and civic organizations, including our own Main Street Birmingham, where she recently completed a Food Desert Survey funded in part by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

She also is Founding President of the National Center for Public Research, with the mission of providing meaningful and unbiased data and information to improve quality of life, quality of health, and financial wellbeing for all people and communities.

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