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Twin Cities attract renowned health experts to inaugural conference
Date:4/2/2013

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Buettner, a Minneapolis resident, is founder of Blue Zones and the author of Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way. He is a past finalist for the National Magazine Award for "The Secrets of Living Longer," an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer, a New York Times best-selling author and a three-time Guinness World Record holder.

Katz is the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center and is counted among the 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2012. He is a past nominee for the U.S. Surgeon General post, one of the nation's top physicians in Preventive Medicine, and the first inductee into the Marketing Disease Prevention in America Hall of Fame for efforts related to childhood obesity control.

The conference will highlight programs and strategies from across the country to improve the health of entire communities, including innovative Minnesota initiatives such as Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project, and Allina Health's Backyard Initiative and Healthy Communities Partnership. Community, health care and business leaders, and program staff will have the opportunity to discuss innovative approaches and strategies to help engage communities, maintain momentum and measure impact.

"We are pleased to be able to sponsor a dialog that will help us to engage our communities in health, digital health communications strategies, and creating accountable care communities," said Boucher, who is also the director of The Heart of New Ulm Project. "Connecting to Transform Communities: Stakeholders in Health & Wellness promises to be an event that not only highlights the good work being done here in the Twin Cities, but also one that contributes to the dialog that is occurring across the country on how nutrition and wellness can benefit whole communities."

Along with national presenters, local presenters include representatives from Al
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Contact: Steve Goodyear
sgoodyear@mhif.org
612-863-1658
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
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