iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Media and Entertainment Philadelphia announced today that 105.3 WDAS FM and Power 99 FM will host a Digital Town Hall Meeting to promote healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention on Monday, July 2, 2012 from 3-4:00 p.m. ET. The Digital Town Hall Meeting will be sponsored by the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity.
The Digital Town Hall Meeting will cover a variety of topics including the obesity epidemic, its impact on health and successful strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise. The panel of experts will include John Flynn, CEO of the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity; Amy Smith from the YMCA‘s Diabetes Program; Dr. Glenn Hamilton Senior Regional UM Medical Director, Keystone Mercy/AmeriHealth Mercy; Theresa Conejo, Cardiovascular Nurse for the Mercy Healthcare System and American Heart Association Board Member and Sara Solomon, MPH RD Program Manager, Get Healthy Philly ““ Working Together for a Healthy, Active and Smoke Free City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
The Digital Town Hall Meeting will be streamed live, online at www.wdasfm.com and www.power99.com, and will be held at the iHeartRadio Performance Studio located at 111 Presidential Blvd. Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Listeners will be encouraged to participate and engage in the meeting through social media via Facebook at www.facebook.com/wdasfm or www.facebook.com/power99philly and on Twitter @wdasfm or @power99philly.
Obesity awareness is especially timely since First Lady Michelle Obama has made healthy living her personal cause. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If the problem isn’t solved, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.