By Guest Blogger Janet Porter, MPH, Program Director, Break Free Alliance
How do we reduce health care costs and improve the productivity of a nation? These answers can be found at the Promising Practices Conference being hosted by the Health Education Council’s Break Free Alliance.
The conference will convene more than 500 health equity leaders, public health advocates, experts in healthy eating and active living, tobacco control experts and representatives from organizations serving low socioeconomic status (SES) populations. Building on the successes of three previous national conferences, Break Free Alliance is honored to host Promising Practices to Promote Tobacco-Free Active Living and Healthy Eating in Low Socioeconomic Status Communities.
This biennial conference is the only practice-based conference dedicated to addressing tobacco-related and obesity-related health disparities and chronic disease in low SES populations. The conference will be held April 28-29, 2014 in Washington, D.C. and will take place in the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport.
Poor health behaviors lead to poor health outcomes in communities with less access to preventative health services and medical care. By promoting tobacco cessation, good nutrition and physical activity in communities, we reduce chronic disease and cancer rates, lower the cost of healthcare and improve the quality of life for millions of families in the United States.
But how do we go about it? The Promising Practices Conference will showcase replicable strategies that can be implemented in communities. The conference will facilitate cross pollination of recommendations and lessons learned between the fields of tobacco and obesity prevention.
Join us! Many sponsorship opportunities are available. There are eight sponsorship packages offered for potential sponsors to choose the level of support that is best geared to their organizational strategies and goals. There is also ample room for exhibitors wanting to reach conference attendees. Packages can be tailored to specifically meet the needs of the company or organization.
We encourage participation from all disciplines, particularly the disability community. People who attend this conference will be able to distribute and exchange the latest information and practices about tobacco prevention, as well as overall healthy living at the community and systems levels. Registration will open in November. You can also connect with the conference via social media on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (@BrkFreeAlliance).
We look forward to seeing you all in Washington, D.C. in April of 2014!
Janet Porter, Break Free Alliance Program Director since 2000, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.