SOAR to host obesity and diabetes roundtable

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PIKEVILLE – SOAR is set to host an obesity and diabetes roundtable at Union College in Barbourville on March 16. The goal of the roundtable will be to identify specific strategies that can be implemented throughout the region through innovation, collaboration and the support of

“This Roundtable event is about next steps,” Dr. William Hacker, Chair of the SOAR Community Health and Wellness Advisory Council, said. “We refuse to get caught up in the continual loop of negative data and poor outlooks. We know the rates, we know that there is work to be done in our communities and we are bringing together the people, the organizations and the leaders that are ready to work together to reduce obesity and diabetes in our region.”

The roundtable will feature bright spot presentations from successful programs and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in one of two separate roundtable discussions: “Education, Prevention, and Innovation” and “Disease Detection and Management.” Each discussion will be led by a panel of experts.

“Our region continues to struggle with the effects of obesity and diabetes – in our daily lives, in our families and in building and maintaining a strong, healthy workforce,” Jared Arnett, Executive Director of SOAR, said. “We are ready to turn the conversation to identifying strategies that communities can implement to reduce the impact of these conditions and meet the goals of the SOAR Regional Blueprint. We are excited to bring together those with an interest and a desire to be a part of the solution and provide the link for continued conversation and action through the SOAR.Network.”

The roundtable will be held at Union College through collaboration with Union College and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The roundtable will take place from 10am-2pm with lunch sponsored by WellCare of Kentucky. Informational booths and posters with evidence based best practice recommendations will be displayed. Registration is free but space is limited. All are encouraged to attend.

All interested in attending can register at

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