The Statewide Obesity Conference at Northern Arizona University on April 13 was a tremendous success, due to the enthusiastic response we received from tribal communities throughout northern Arizona. I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Navajo Hopi Observer and to all who so generously supported this important day-long event on the NAU campus.
A special note of appreciation to Jim Galloway of Indian Health Services, Dr. Darren Vicente and Dr. Anna Lewis of the Hopi Health Care Center and Anslem Roanhorse and Dr. Marie Allen of the Navajo Nation Division of Health for their insightful presentations on obesity and diabetes prevention.
We are also grateful for the support of Mayor Joe Donaldson and the City of Flagstaff, and Coconino County for their official Proclamations of Obesity Prevention Week. Since obesity affects 1 out of 2 adults in Arizona, we certainly all need to work together to reduce the effects of this deadly epidemic in our state.
The Discovery Institute for Women's Health will continue to sponsor public education programs with the focus on obesity prevention in adults and children. We are honored to work with NAU on this important issue, and we look forward to leading future programs that will help improve the health of Arizonans everywhere.