UNC’s Bill Roper named to board of Partnership for a Healthier America

Thursday, April 1, 2010 — Partnership for a Healthier America also named former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Newark Mayor Cory Booker as honorary co-chairs of the organization and Dr. James R. Gavin III as chair of the board.

UNC’s Bill Roper named to board of Partnership for a Healthier America click to enlarge William L. Roper, M.D., MPH

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Partnership for a Healthier America, an independent, non-partisan organization that aims to mobilize the private sector, thought leaders, media and local communities to action and to further the goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to curb childhood obesity within a generation, has named William L. Roper, M.D., MPH, to its national board.

“As a pediatrician, I recognize the tremendous need to stop the increase of childhood obesity in America. It is an epidemic that will create more complicated and complex illnesses in children that will only get worse as they become adults,” said Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, CEO of UNC Health Care and UNC vice chancellor for Health Affairs. “As the leader of a major academic medical center, it is clear to me, and to most people in health care, that obesity is a burden that threatens to be a financial all of us.

Partnership for a Healthier America also named former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and Newark Mayor Cory Booker as honorary co-chairs of the organization and Dr. James R. Gavin III as chair of the board.

“I am honored to accept this position on the board of Partnership for a Healthier America. I look forward to working Dr. Frist, Mayor Booker, Dr. Gavin and the rest of the board on this important health topic."

According to a press release by the Partnership, the First Lady welcomed Frist, Booker and Gavin on a conference call today. “Reversing the obesity trend has never been more important to the health of our national and, to succeed, it will take the combined effort of public and private sectors,” the First Lady said. “I am encouraged by the enthusiasm and resolve of the honorary vice chairs and new board of directors, and I am confident that their leadership and experience will help us achieve our goad of solving childhood obesity within a generation.”

Others named to the board today are Deborah DeHaas, Peter Dolan, S. Lawrence Kocot, Deborah Landesman, Janet Murguia, Vivan Riefberg and Antronette K. Yancy.

For more information about Partnership for a Healthier America, visit its Web site, www.ahealthieramerica.org

For more information about Let’s Move!, visit its Web site, www.letsmove.gov.

Media contact: Clinton Colmenares, (919) 923-1552, or ccolmena@unch.unc.edu

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