UW-Green Bay to co-sponsor conference on childhood obesity

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is co-sponsoring an Oct. 17 conference on the critical and timely topic of childhood obesity.

The Childhood Obesity Conference: Inspiring Change to Improve the Health of America’s Children will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay. The cost for the conference is $99, which includes registration, continental breakfast, lunch, materials and a continuing education certificate.
The Childhood Obesity Conference will help attendees understand the latest childhood obesity prevention research, learn nutrition and activity practices among youth-serving settings, recognize the adverse effects of obesity and obtain practical tools and strategies to help combat childhood obesity. Physicians, nutritionists, health educators, social workers, therapists, policymakers, community leaders and many other professionals engaged in public health efforts will benefit from this daylong event. Presenters include:

Christina Economos (keynote), co-founder and director of ChildObesity180 and an associate professor and the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. Economos is involved in national obesity and public health activities including the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. She has been featured in numerous media outlets including CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.

Regan A.R. Gurung, award-winning UW-Green Bay Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology. Gurung has received numerous local, state and national grants for his health psychological and social psychological research on cultural differences in stress, social support, smoking cessation, body image and impression formation. He is widely published and a sought-after and nationally and internationally known speaker.

Amy Meinen, director of the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network located at UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health. Meinen is responsible for aligning partners through collective impact principles to address obesity throughout Wisconsin. She has more than 14 years of experience in designing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions to prevent obesity, and holds several leadership positions and professional affiliation memberships.

In addition to the featured speakers, conference attendees will be able to choose from breakout session topics including obesity interventions, understanding the multiple determinants of obesity, food insecurity and more. The conference is sponsored by UW-Green Bay, Brown County UW-Extension and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

Registration for the Childhood Obesity Conference is available at www.uwgb.edu/profed or by calling (920) 465-2642. Participants also may mail or fax their registration, making checks payable to UW-Green Bay CPE. Please contact the Outreach Office at (920) 465-2642 with questions.


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