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January 2013 Newsletter

Happy New Year! We hope that you and your family had a safe and happy holiday season. The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nutrition & Physical Activity Initiative (NPAI) wanted to provide a brief update on our work over the past few months and a preview of what is to come in the New Year. As you know, in our June report, Lots to Lose: How America’s Heath and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future, the BPC identified a suite of policy recommendations with the potential to make a meaningful contribution to the national dialogue on improving America’s health and combating chronic disease. Since the release of our report, we have received positive feedback from a variety of quarters that suggests that our bipartisan, collaborative and action-oriented approach, along with our focus on both the economic and health effects of obesity and chronic disease, have added a unique perspective and skill set to the existing debate over these issues. We are pleased to have been asked to join several high-level efforts engaged in the discussion of how to most effectively cut rates of obesity and chronic disease and their associated costs. In addition, our focus on integrating lessons learned across sectors has helped bridge a conversation that is too often separated into silos.

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