Statement by the Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and the Center for Community Resilience:
In the upcoming issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Redstone Global Center director Bill Dietz joins Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika for a submission to the journal’s series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Academy of Medicine. The Dietz and Kumanyika piece focuses on progress and opportunities for addressing the obesity pandemic.
This month, the STOP Obesity Alliance, along with representatives from health care provider organizations and obesity experts, released a new guide for obesity management in the primary care setting. Weight Can’t Wait: A Guide for the Management of Obesity in the Primary Care Setting,” is a short, accessible, practical, informative guide for obesity treatment broken down into three parts: the Pre-encounter, the Encounter, and the Post-encounter.
The Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness is focused on the identification of effective nutrition and physical activity strategies that improve the prevention and management of obesity and other chronic related diseases. Improving the health of the District of Columbia, with particular attention to health inequities, is a major goal of the Center. We are particularly interested in research and policy that furthers the goals of equity and dismantling racist systems, structures, and practices related to chronic disease prevention.
To fulfill our mission, the Redstone Global Center is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization. In 2020, the center developed an action agenda as a starting point to guide our work. Racism and white supremacy and the trauma they induce are public health issues. We cannot ensure the health and wellbeing of all until white supremacy and the racist structures that support it are dismantled, and equity is achieved for all people and across all sectors, including health, criminal justice, economic opportunity, and education.