Konami Tackles Childhood Obesity with First Ever Summit

Konami, along with health professionals, policy makers, students, parents, and teachers, across West Virginia are heading to Charleston later this month to address childhood obesity. Konami is spearheading an event – the Childhood Obesity Summit – to discuss the best ways to deal with the issue. The company will also host the second annual DanceDanceRevolution West Virginia State Championship Tournament at the same time.

The West Virginia University Extension Service, West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), and Konami organized the summit to promote collaboration and develop a referral base for coordinated prevention and treatment of childhood obesity statewide.

While regional winners from all over West Virginia are competing for scholarships and other prizes at the DanceDanceRevolution public school championship tournament, the Childhood Obesity Summit will showcase several speakers with big ideas on the subject. Attendees include Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; Joanne Grossi, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and a representative from the Let’s Move campaign; Dr. Michael Dansinger, nutrition doctor from NBC’s popular television show, “The Biggest Loser”; achool teacher Carrie Swidecki (who will attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record for the "Longest Marathon on a Dance / Rhythm Game"); and several unnamed state-level speakers.

The DDR State Championship Tournament will take place July 27 at 1 p.m. EDT at the Embassy Suites (300 Court Street) in Charleston, WV. The Childhood Obesity Summit takes place July 27 at noon and & July at 9 a.m. EDT at the aforementioned location.

For more information, check out www.konami.com/ddr.

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