Tackling childhood obesity: International health celebrity speaks in …

Two-pronged approach:

A pair of events on Saturday in Boise will feature a full day of lectures, discussions and fun activities aimed at promoting children’s health. Sponsors St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health are teaming with Boise Parks Recreation, Let’s Move Boise, Boise State University and other partner organizations.

The doctor is in:

Dr. David Katz, the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and a world-renowned expert on childhood obesity, nutrition and chronic disease prevention, will be the keynote speaker at a conference called “Taking Charge of Childhood Obesity: A Call to Action.” The conference, being held from 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Boise State’s Stueckle Sky Center, will also provide insight into other topics including pediatric diabetes.

Wait, haven’t I seen this guy somewhere?

Possibly. Dr. Katz has been a go-to guy when print media, radio and television need expert answers and opinions on health issues. He’s a medical contributor to ABC News, and when Oprah Winfrey needs nutritional advice, Katz writes columns for O, the Oprah Magazine. Katz also is a syndicated health/nutrition columnist for The New York Times. And he’s not the only one you’ll probably recognize: Boise’s own Olympic Gold medal-winning cyclist, Kristin Armstrong, will be among those who join Katz for a panel discussion.

Who can attend the conference?

Anyone who’s interested in the intervention and prevention of childhood obesity is welcome. The cost is $100 for those seeking continuing medical education credits, $50 to attend for no credits. Students can go at a discounted rate of $25. Register at www.regonline.com/childhoodobesity.

Get moving:

After the conference, kids and others are invited to join Boise Mayor Dave Bieter as he kicks off the free Be Well Now! Family Wellness Festival with a stroll along the Greenbelt at 1 p.m. The walk is part of Bieter’s Walk 150 campaign for the city’s sesquicentennial. The festival, which runs until 4 p.m. at Boise State’s Caven-Williams Sports Complex, also will include nutrition tips and demonstrations by the Summerwind Skippers, the Boise Bicycle Project, among others.

Sean Deter: 377-6450; @IDS_Deter