Bringing State and Federal Policies Local: The KC Story

The United States has a “growing” problem—an ongoing obesity crisis in both the young and old. This session offered a unique multidisciplinary approach to the problems. Panelists explored elements of the policymaking process that led to obesity programs in various states. Speakers discussed educational reforms, transportation developments, land use changes and food industry initiatives. Unknown Object State Approaches to Obesity Reduction September 19, 2013 The United States has a “growing” problem—an ongoing obesity crisis in both the young and old. This session offered a unique multidisciplinary approach to the problems. Panelists explored elements of the policymaking process that led to obesity programs in various states. Speakers discussed educational reforms, transportation developments, land use changes and food industry initiatives. Presentation by Deb Ridgway, M.S.W., Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, Kansas City, Missouri Bringing State and Federal Policies Local: The KC Story IFrame Deb Ridgway, M.S.W. Deb Ridgway, M.S.W. is the Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator for Kansas City, Missouri and is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and American Public Works Association. She has been working with nonprofit organizations for 27 years on issues concerning transportation, social and environmental justice. She has provided consulting services to municipalities, nonprofits and professional associations. Ms. Ridgway holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri and both a Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan.