Stamford Hospital’s KIDS’ FANS is sponsoring a symosium on Childhood Obesity, Thursday, April 25th at the Stamford Marriott. This is the culmination of several years of study and action to tackle a complicated health issue. Stamford is attacking the problem through several kinds of initiatives ranging from health care professionals, to parent educators, child care experts, physical activities in school, after school, community organizations, etc. For the whole day you will be treated to analyses of the issue by renowned experts. and you will have a chance to enjoy 2 panel discussions focusing on very specific initiatives unique to Stamford.
When: April 25, 2013
Where: Marriott Hotel & Spa, 243 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901
Time: 9am – 4pm (check-in starts at 8:45am)
RSVP: RSVP by Friday, April 19, 2013
Register: To register, click REGISTER NOW to complete registration form.
A limited number of scholarships are also available for individuals or nonprofit organizations who are interested in attending but do not have the means to pay the $75 registration fee. To request a scholarship, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/april25obesitysymposium.
Our Keynote Speaker, William Dietz, MD, PhD, is the former Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC. He will provide an overview of the most promising strategies for controlling the childhood obesity epidemic.
Jeanette Ickovics, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology, Public Health and Psychology at Yale University. She will share evidence-based community approaches to combat childhood obesity.
Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH is the Obesity Medicine Physician and Pediatrician at Stamford Hospital. She is also the Chair of Stamford’s Obesity Task Force and leads Stamford’s efforts with the KIDS’ FANS Program. Dr. Mathur will share how Stamford implemented these practices in a volunteer-led effort using a community-wide approach.
In addition to our wonderful speakers, three workshops will provide real-life examples & strategies for how you can affect change in our communities.
Workshops 1 and 2 will be offered simultaneously from 2-2:45pm.
Workshop 3 will be offered in the main hall from 3:00-3:45pm.
Workshop 1 (2:00pm-2:45pm): How to Influence Healthy Eating: This workshop will discuss the restaurant effort, school lunch improvements and healthy shopping guidance. The panel will include: Jacqueline Wetenhall, Stamford Downtown Special Services, Patricia Shoemaker, RD, Chartwells (Food Services, Stamford Public School), Jamie Lee McIntyre, RD, Shoprite. The moderator will be Jeannette Ickovics, PhD.
Workshop 2 (2:00pm-2:45pm): Outdoor Places and Spaces: This workshop discusses how school gardens and community gardening have a dramatic impact on children’s attitudes to food in a relatively short space of time. The panel will include: William Callion, Community Gardens, Pam Sloane, School Gardens, Scheri L. Fultineer, Landscape Architect. The Moderator will be, Sharon Akabas, PhD, Director of MS Nutrition program at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition.
Workshop 3 (3:00pm-3:45pm): Engaging Local Community: This workshop shares how challenges in school and city efforts to combat childhood obesity were overcome and what barriers are still being addressed. The panel will include Mike Meyer, Executive Director- Support Services and Special Programs, Stamford Public Schools; Barbara Decker, Health Commissioner and Amy Kalafa, the film maker of “Two Angry Moms” and author of “Lunch Wars” will share her journey in her work to improve school lunches and the making of her movie. The moderator will be, Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH.
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