MEDIA ADVISORY: Clinton Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Hosting Forum to Address Inequities in Childhood Obesity

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Forum to take place at Newark Museum and Feature Joy Bauer and Jenna Wolfe, Today Show; Richard Carmona, Former Surgeon General and President, Canyon Ranch Institute; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Sam Kass, Executive Director, Let’s Move!; Susan Neely, President and CEO, American Beverage Association

(Newark, NJ) — On May 8, 2014, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with Grantmakers in Health, will host a “Forum Without Walls” to confront tough questions and provide collaborative solutions to help reduce childhood obesity across all populations and communities in the United States. The forum will bring together more than 250 thought leaders from business, philanthropy, health, education, and nonprofits to focus on solutions to the challenges that prevent kids from having access to healthier foods, physical activity, and health care. While high rates of childhood obesity are starting to decline in parts of the country, troubling disparities persist, especially in low-income and minority communities. The forum will be held at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey and will feature four panel discussions throughout the day.

  • Closing the Divide in Children’s Health: A Place for Everyone at the Table
  • Access to Healthy Foods and Beverages
  • Opportunities to be Physically Active
  • What’s Next? Taking Our Efforts to the Next Level

Refer to the full agenda below for details on moderators and panelists.

Media are encouraged to attend the day-long forum at the Newark Museum. The event will also be Livestreamed at Space is limited. Please RSVP to by May 7, 2014 at 5 PM.


7:30 – 8:30 AM

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Dr. Brian Strom, Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Moderator: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Monifa Bandele, Campaign Director,
Leslie Crutchfield, Senior Advisor, FSG; Author
Manoj Fenelon, First Mover Fellow, Aspen Institute
Sam Kass, Executive Director,  Let’s Move!
Nichole June Maher, President and CEO, Northwest Health Foundation

10:30 AM – Noon

Framing Speaker: Haile Thomas, Youth Health Advocate
Moderator: Joy Bauer, Nutrition Expert, NBC’s TODAY Show
Dr. Michael Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Kevin McCartney, Senior Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Susan Neely, President and CEO, American Beverage Association
Wendell Pierce, Actor; President, Sterling Farms
Dr. Janisse Rosario-Schoepp, Senior Program Officer and Director of Policy, Health Foundation of South Florida
William Rosenzweig, Commission Chair, Vitality Institute; Managing Partner, Physic Ventures

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Framing Speaker: Kiana Knolland, National Youth of the Year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Moderator: Jenna Wolfe, TODAY Show Anchor and Correspondent, NBC News
T. Morgan Dixon, Director, GirlTrek
Dr. NiCole Keith, Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research
Caitlin Morris, North America Executive Director, Access to Sport, Nike Inc.
Darius Sollohub, Director, New Jersey School of Architecture
Eli Wolff, Program Director, Inclusive Sports Initiative, Institute for Human Centered Design

3:15 – 4:45 PM

Framing Speaker: Andrew Smith, Student Athlete, Irvington High School
Moderator: Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States
Travis Bogard, Vice President, Product Management and Strategy, Jawbone
Susan Dentzer, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dr. Faith Mitchell, President and CEO, Grantmakers In Health
Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Heart Association
Dr. Kenneth Thorpe, Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Dr. David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health

4:45 – 5:00 PM

About the Clinton Foundation
The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, 20,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; 21,000 farmers in Malawi have improved their incomes by more than 500 percent; 248 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced in cities worldwide; more than 5,000 people have been trained in marketable job skills in Colombia; 8.2 million people have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications; $200 million in strategic investments have been made, impacting the health of 75 million people in the U.S.; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made nearly 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives around the world.

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About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy working to improve the health and health care of all Americans.We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. Since 2006, RWJF has led nationwide efforts to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. Tremendous progress has been made over the past decade, but significant work remains to curb the obesity epidemic across the United States. Though the overall prevalence rates have leveled off in recent years, socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and geographic disparities still exist. RWJF is committed to identifying strategies that will reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity, particularly in communities where rates remain the highest. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

About Grantmakers in Health
Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness. For more information, visit

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