ou may have noticed the headline earlier this month, that analysts working with theCenters or Disease Control and Prevention now orecast that 42 percent o Americansmay be obese by 2030 (up rom 36 percent in 2010) and that 11 percent could be se-verely obese. Te medical costs o obesity are extraordinary -- $147 billion a year, at the currentlevel. What role does the institution o sports play in addressing this national crisis, by creatingopportunities or physical activity or children and adults? Tis is a central question that we arebuilding conversations around with the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program.So, I thank you or joining us today or what promises to be an exciting and catalytic dialogueabout conronting the barriers to sport participation that ace perhaps the most underservedpopulation in sports. Tat would be girls rom disadvantaged communities and homes, who,not coincidentally, get the least amount o exercise as well. More than our out o 10 AricanAmerican teenage girls, or instance, do not get even one hour o physical activity per week; theederal government recommends one hour
. Helping more girls all in love with sportsand develop health and tness patterns or lie is critical to the uture o the nation.We will continue the conversations about health and sports at the Aspen Ideas Festival inAspen, Colo., where rom June 27-30 the AIF will host or the rst time a sports track.Speakers will address such topics as the concussion crisis in ootball, college sports at acrossroads, and, as a prelude to the London Games, the role o the Olympic movement inthe U.S. Ten, at the Aspen Institute Children’s Forum rom July 22-24 in Aspen, where350 philanthropists and leaders in pediatric medicine will be asked to imagine a world inwhich the needs o children are put rst, I will moderate a session on the risks and benetso youth sports.Other Sports & Society programming will ollow, most notably a multi-day summit at theAspen Meadows resort in April 2013 that will present a deep-dive opportunity or 60 to 70key stakeholders to identiy opportunities to work together to get and keep more children ac-tive in sports. Invited guests to the Sport or All, Play or Lie Summit will include leaders romthe realms o sport, media, policy, academia and medicine. Te Institute has received a generousgrant rom the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to underwrite the event.We welcome your thoughts, as we acilitate perhaps the most important conversation in sports.
om FarreyDirector, Te Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program