Media Advisory: Harkin News Conference on Childhood Physical Inactivity Will Feature Stanford Experts

STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Feb. 15, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers William Haskell, PhD, and Wesley Alles, PhD, will participate in a Washington, D.C., news conference with U.S. Sen. Thomas Harkin, D-Iowa, on physical inactivity and obesity in the nations youth.

“Building ‘Generation Play’: Addressing the crisis of inactivity among America’s children”

The news conference coincides with the launch of a new public-private sector partnership dedicated to ensuring that all American children engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and the release of a new comprehensive report generated by Alles and his colleagues at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. The report is a comprehensive review of the relationship between physical inactivity and youth obesity, and it contains scores of recommendations for parents, teachers and community leaders to improve the health and vitality of youngsters.

The report called Building Generation Play: Addressing the crisis of inactivity among Americas children points to such contributing factors as communities designed without safe venues for play, lack of support for physical activity by parents and teachers, lack of knowledge about the importance of physical activity and the prevalence of sedentary leisure-time activities among children. The report calls for changes at the federal, state, community and family levels to encourage children to enjoy physical activity. Current recommendations call for children to engage in at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.

WHAT: News conference to release new report on physical inactivity and obesity in youth, and launch Partnership for Play Every Day

WHEN: Feb. 15, 10:45 a.m. (media set-up time 10:15 a.m.)

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G50, Washington, D.C.

WHO: Sen. Thomas Harkin, Stanford researchers William Haskell and Wesley Alles and colleagues Soowon Kim and Deborah Balfanz.

In addition to Haskell and Alles, Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital pediatricians Thomas Robinson, MD, and Larry Hammer, MD, can serve as local experts on the topic of pediatric overweight and obesity. Robinson is the director of Packard Childrens Center for Healthy Weight and a national expert on how television watching and computer use contribute to childhood obesity. Hammer is the director of clinical programs for the center.

Stanford University Medical Center integrates research, medical education and patient care at its three institutions Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital at Stanford. For more information, please visit the Web site of the medical centers Office of Communication & Public Affairs at


Stanford University Medical Center
Krista Conger, 650-725-5371 (Print Media)
Margarita Gallardo, 650-723-7897 (Broadcast Media)

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