Agriculture Secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman and HHS Secretaries Donna E. Shalala and Mike Leavitt to Release Major Report on Impact of Nutrition, Physical Activity on Nation's Economy and Competitiveness

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WASHINGTON, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will release a report identifying actionable steps the public and private sectors can take to reduce rising health care costs associated with the decline of our nation's physical health and nutrition. Former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman and former U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala and Mike Leavitt will headline the report release tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 9:00AM in Washington, D.C. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, increased health care costs associated with obesity in the U.S. have risen to as much as $147 billion annually or one-fifth of all health care spending. These rising costs occur as the nation struggles to get a handle on its rising debt, maintain its global competitiveness and create jobs.  The report, entitled, Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future, by BPC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, will include recommendations in these priority areas: families; schools and communities; workplaces, large institutions and health care providers; and the public sector, including the U.S. military. 

Secretaries Glickman, Leavitt, Shalala and Veneman will discuss the recommendations at Tuesday's press conference and answer questions.  BPC president Jason Grumet will make opening remarks.

Follow BPC's live tweets from the event @BPC_Bipartisan #nutrition.  Watch the live webcast here.

WHO:  

Dan Glickman, Former Secretary of Agriculture and BPC Senior Fellow

Mike Leavitt, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services and Governor of Utah

Donna E. Shalala, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services and now President of the University of Miami

Ann M. Veneman, Former Secretary of Agriculture and Executive Director of UNICEF

WHAT:  
Release of Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future

WHERE
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000, 10th floor
Washington, DC 20005

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
9:00-10:00AM

Members of the press wishing to attend, please RSVP to press@bipartisanpolicy.org.  Registration is required and press set up begins at 8:30AM.

If you're interested in scheduling interviews with any of the secretaries, please contact Ashley Clark at (202) 637-1456 or aclark@bipartisanpolicy.org.

About the Bipartisan Policy Center:
Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.  For more information, please visit our website: www.bipartisanpolicy.org.

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center



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