Childhood Obesity & Public Health Conference 2012
The ConferenceSpeakers & AgendaRegistrationLinks & Resources
The Conference
This is the fifth annual childhood obesity and public health conference to be held at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Given the recent emphasis on developing evidence-based public health strategies targeting childhood obesity, the topic of this conference is on the role of public policy at addressing the problem. A specific focus of the conference this year is on Louisiana-specific data and solutions to address childhood obesity.
Learning Objectives
The participants in this conference will be able to:
  • understand the strengths and pitfalls associated with developing public health policy as a tool to improve population health
  • comprehend the extent of the problem of childhood obesity in Louisiana
  • identify evidence-based public health and policy strategies to achieve demonstrable improvements in obesity-related behaviors
  • understand the expected potential of policy initiatives at making a change in childhood obesity rates in Louisiana
Who Should Attend?
This conference is designed for professionals engaged in public health efforts, including: physicians, nutritionists, physical activity specialists, registered dietitians, nurses, health educators, psychologists, and counselors; healthcare policy makers, researchers, media, business and civic leaders, parks and recreation personnel, and early childhood and school-age educators and decision-makers.
Featured Presentations
Professor Edward Richards, JD, MPH
Public Health Policy and Legislation as Tools to Drive Population Health 
Professor Edward Richards, JD, MPH 
LSU Law Center

Victor Matsudo, MD Creating a Global Agenda for Physical Activity: Agita Mundo
Victor Matsudo, MD
CELAFISCS, Sao Caetano Do Sul, Brazil

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD The Public-Private Divide - A Protocol for Successful Partnerships for Health
Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Berry Burnside Obesity Policies: Louisiana Legislative Update
Berry Burnside
American Heart Association

Robert Newton, Jr. PhD The Fifth Annual Childhood Physical Activity and Health Report Card for Louisiana's
Children & Youth: Has the Needle Moved?
Robert Newton, Jr., PhD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Stephanie Broyles, PhD Using Evidence to Inform Public Policy: Results of Systems Models for Louisiana
Stephanie Broyles, PhD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

Christy Reeves
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Challenge Grant Program:
A Model for Sustainable Healthy Community Changes
Christy Reeves
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation 

Christy Reeves