The RIOS Net annual member meeting Friday morning will feature Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, J.D. from Somerville, Massachusetts as the keynote speaker. Mayor Curtatone will share his city-wide “Shape Up Somerville” initiative targeting obesity among 1-3 graders through programming, physical infrastructure improvements, and policy work during his keynote speech, "Shape Up Somerville : A City on the Move."

The keynote is open to the public, and it will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the auditorium of the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE.

RIOS Net is a statewide voluntary collaborative of 275 primary care clinicians who come together to identify ways to improve the health and healthcare of their patients and communities, with technical support from the University of New Mexico. This year marks the 10th year of operation of RIOS Net, which focuses on health topics that clinicians and community members consider to be among the most important facing their communities. The network supports research, education, and retention of clinicians in underserved communities around New Mexico.

The theme for this year’s RIOS NET member meeting is “Nourishing New Mexico’s Youth: Preventing Childhood Obesity through Practice and Partnership.”

This year RIOS Net will bring together stakeholders and representatives of various programs and sectors across New Mexico with an interest in the problem of obesity in the young to share their work. Round table discussions will lead into group workshops that will expand on collaborations across sectors and develop a five year strategic plan to reduce the problem in New Mexico's communities.

For more information about the conference, go to http://hsc.unm.edu/rios/
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322