It is a challenging time of year for those working to control and reverse our nation’s obesity epidemic. Fortunately this is an opportune time to remind everyone of the issue and discuss tips and projects to fight obesity, especially in children, according to organizers of the annual 15-state Southern Obesity Summit. The 2008 gathering will end up being held Nov. 9-11 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Experts and educators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham , a summit host, will welcome health care professionals and academic, government and scientific leaders to develop and share strategies for fighting obesity. Summit attendees shall result from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, NEW YORK, Oklahoma, SC, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.Norekval , from Haukleland University Hospital can make the case that adequate discharge education and follow-up of patients and their family is pivotal to achieve adherence to driving bans, and that nurses are among the best placed health experts to attempt this. ‘Nurses have a really important role to perform in underlining the possible serious consequences to patients of generating after having ICDs implanted,’ stated Norekval, adding that the time when patients are still in hospital following implantation offers the best chance of counselling them. ‘Nurses shouldn’t give blanket suggestions. They need to consider each patient’s person situation, and suggest practical solutions to help them overcome the nagging problem.’ Suggestions, she added, might include persuading men to allow their wives drive for the period of the ban, or exploring local public transport options.