There’s more to ending childhood obesity than ‘Eat Less, Walk More’

July 10, 2013, EducationWeek.org

By Ross Brenneman

The American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation held a joint conference in Washington yesterday about fighting obesity in America. The conference, “Signs of Progress,” highlighted 11 areas in the United States with declining obesity rates, with teams of panelists and keynote speakers brought in from those places to discuss successes.

The “why” of the conference is plain and simple: Obesity is an epidemic. Physicians now classify it as a disease. Two-thirds of the United States is overweight. According to a June 2013 United Nations report, among populous nations, the United States trails only Mexico in adult obesity rates, and that itself is only a recent development. Continue reading

2014 ALR conference call for proposals

Active Living Research (ALR) invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2014 Annual Conference on March 9-12 in San Diego, Calif. The theme of the 2014 conference, “Niche to Norm,” recognizes the importance of advancing active living from an emerging research field with limited results and impact to well-accepted findings that regularly guide decision-making across sectors to create more active communities. Continue reading

NCCOR’s Healthy Eating Index project highlighted at public forum on dietary guidelines

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is holding its first of five public meetings today and Friday (June 13-14) on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Md. The Committee’s recommendations and rationale will serve as a basis for the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

On Friday morning, National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) members Alanna Moshfegh of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Jill Reedy of NIH will be making presentations on the state of the American diet. Continue reading

ObesityWeek announces preconference workshop on mobile health and child obesity

On Nov. 12, 2013, The Obesity Society is hosting a preconference workshop called “Mobile Health Boot Camp for Pediatric Obesity.” The workshop will use prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity as model test beds for mobile health (mHealth) research and will offer a primer on mHealth from the ground up. It will include sessions on how to develop a transdisciplinary team for mHealth applications in prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and how to capture enormous amounts of data in real time. Continue reading

IOM workshop explores disparities and childhood obesity prevention

On June 6-7, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention will host a public session, “Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight.”

The workshop will examine childhood obesity prevention through the lens of working to achieve health equity. Workshop presentations and discussions involving researchers, policy makers, advocates, and other stakeholders will focus on income, race, and ethnicity, and how these factors intersect with childhood obesity and its prevention. Continue reading

HBO’s Weight of the Nation series premieres new segment focused on children

In May 2012, HBO aired the four-part documentary series and public education initiative, “The Weight of the Nation,” which explored the obesity epidemic in the United States. The project is back this May with a new series that focuses on the health of children and families called “The Weight of the Nation for Kids.” These three, half-hour films highlight young people actively improving the health of both themselves and their communities. Continue reading

IOM to host a public workshop on national nutrition education curriculum standards

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Planning Committee for National Nutrition Education Curriculum Standards will host a two-day public workshop on March 11-12, 2013. The workshop will feature invited experts presentations and panel discussions that will:

  • Explore the merits and potential uses of a set of national nutrition education curriculum standards and learning objectives for elementary and secondary school children
  • Identify current and promising practices
  • Consider the most important attributes of national  standards
  • Suggest approaches to build acceptance and use among educators

This workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Registration is required and seating will be limited.

View the workshop agenda.

Register for the workshop.

For more information visit the workshop’s webpage on the IOM site.

JHGCCO symposium to focus on preventing childhood obesity though systems science

On April 9, the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) will host its first annual, one-day, Scientific Symposium, “Innovations in Childhood Obesity Prevention: Systems Thinking and Systems Change.” The Symposium will focus on the way that innovative system science approaches can advance the prevention of childhood obesity worldwide.

Keynote speeches and scientific sessions will highlight researchers who are internationally recognized leaders in the field, as well as exciting progress made by the JHGCCO researchers. Continue reading

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Active Living Research conference

Interested investigators, advocates, practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders can now register for the 2013 Active Living Research (ALR) conference. The ALR conference provides participants with the opportunity to hear the latest evidence on policy and environmental strategies to increase physical activity. The conference will be held Feb. 26-28, 2013, at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego. Interested parties should register before Jan. 15 to receive a discounted rate. Continue reading

NCCOR members lead continuing education session on PE and nutrition in schools at APHA conference

On Sat., Oct. 27, NCCOR members Sarah Lee and Allison Nihiser from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are co-leading a pre-conference Learning Institute at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual conference with colleagues from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), including NCCOR’s April Oh. The session, titled, “Applying Science-Based Guidelines and Policy Data to Change the Nutrition and Physical Activity Environment in Schools,” discusses evidence-based guidelines for school-based nutrition and physical activity and resources available to help schools achieve an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity. Continue reading