June 29 – July 2, 2015

San Diego, California

Session Descriptions & Handouts

 

Conference Tracks

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Basic and Applied Research

Mini-Plenary: MP 2.2: BMI-How does it measure up?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is widely employed to describe the prevalence of obesity in populations, investigate health risks associated with obesity, and guide clinical care. Critics have raised questions about how well BMI captures body fat at the population and the individual level, and whether BMI is the best measure to capture obesity-associated co-morbidities. This session will discuss how well BMI captures body fat across the population, examine how BMI is related to disease processes in childhood and on into adulthood, and will offer recommendations regarding the use of BMI in the patient-oriented setting.

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Stephen Daniels, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Colorado
Cynthia Ogden, Epidemiologist/NHANES Analysis Branch Chief, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Babette Zemel, Director, Nutrition and Growth Laboratory, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Moderator: William Harry Dietz Jr, Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness
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Mini-Plenary: MP 3.3: Stress, Youth & Obesity: Rethinking How Emotion Plays a Role in Eating Behaviors

Our brain’s response to psychological stress can lead to lowered executive function and potentially poor eating habits as early as preschool. Learn how maternal stress, modeling behaviors and the environment make a difference in childhood obesity. Discover the benefits of stress reduction and mindfulness strategies to enable healthier behaviors and decision-making. The relationship between stress, brain function and food choices will also be explored during this session.

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Joy Pieper, Affiliate Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Eleanor Tate, National Cancer Institute Training Fellow, Doctoral candidate, University of Southern California
Lucy Vezzuto, Coordinator, Student Mental Health and School Climate, Orange County Department of Education
Moderator: Trina Robertson, Project Manager, Dairy Council of California
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WS 1.3: Evaluation Frameworks Designed to Measure Public Health Impact

How do you measure the public health impact of a population-based effort? This session explores the use of the RE-AIM framework & a systematic methodology for quantifying intensity change based on event duration, population reach and strategy to evaluate the public health impact of 1) a large school-based nutrition program in California, 2) a local Latino health coalition in Kansas City, Kansas, and 3) policy, system, and environment change strategies for the SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) population in California.

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Vicki Collie-Akers, Associate Director of Health Promotion Research, University of Kansas
Andrew Larsen, Graduate Student, University of Southern California
Lauren Whetstone, Project Scientist, University of California
Moderator: May Wang, Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
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WS 2.1: Childhood Obesity: Disparities, Costs, and Cost-Effective Solutions

The significant health and financial consequences of childhood obesity necessitate identifying groups most in need of interventions, as well as cost-effective solutions to reducing obesity in these youth. This session will present childhood obesity trends and racial/ethnic disparities data in California, the financial costs of childhood obesity, and cost-effectiveness estimates of national and state excise taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Patricia Crawford, Senior Director of Research, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Jennifer Falbe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, School of Public Health
Michael Long, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Moderator: John Talarico, Branch Chief, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch, California Department of Public Health
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WS 4.1: Cost-Effectiveness of Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions: What’s the Return on Investment?

As multiple stakeholders contemplate implementing interventions to reduce childhood obesity, it is critical that we understand which interventions provide the greatest return on investment. This session will describe assumptions made in cost-effectiveness research, provide specific examples (including cost-effectiveness of physical education, childcare policies, soda taxes, and a multi-faceted community-based intervention), and discuss challenges to comparing effectiveness of various interventions.

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Joe Edward Coffield, Jr., Assistant Professor of Health Professions, Hofstra University
Michael Long, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Moderator: Kristine Madsen, Associate Professor, Joint Medical Program & Public Health Nutrition, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
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Built Environment, Land Use and Transportation

Mini-Plenary: MP 1.4: It Can Be Done: Successful Community Engagement Models to Maximize Collective Impact

This session will focus on stories and results from three vibrant California communities that have employed unique strategies incorporating community engagement, non-traditional partnerships, and a comprehensive approach to move beyond collaboration and achieve collective impact. Join us to hear seasoned professionals from the Central Valley, Inland Empire, and our host county of San Diego discuss their innovative strategies to reduce obesity and promote their policy and environmental change strategies (PSE). Whether by engaging with Resident Leadership Academies, working with local elected officials, incorporating a Health in All Policies approach, or focusing on specific built environment projects, these communities are beginning to make an impact in preventing obesity.

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Erika Lewis-Huntley, Management Analyst III, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Lourdes Perez, Program Coordinator, Stanislaus County CCROPP, Center for Human Services - Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children
Carey Riccitelli, Community Health Program Manager, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
Moderator: Lynn Parker, Scholar, Institute of Medicine
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WS 1.6: A Cross-Sectorial Approach for Designing and Fostering Healthy, Safe Communities

The places where people live, work, play, pray and learn are critical in community health and can significantly impact healthy eating, active living and safety. This session will connect community design principles to health and identify tools to develop cross-sectorial partnerships. Communities will be highlighted that have successfully integrated strategies to increase neighborhood health and safety.

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Shaunda Johnson, Program Administrator, Health Education Council
Maureen Silva, Program Coordinator, Prevention Institute
Paul Zykofsky, Associate Director, Local Government Commission
Moderator: Karen Ben-Moshe, Senior Program Associate, Public Health Institute
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WS 3.6: Shared Use: New Evidence and New Frontiers

Communities across the country are seeking safe, accessible, and affordable places to exercise and play, and shared use is a promising strategy to achieve this goal. This session will introduce new frontiers in shared use, identify policies and initiatives that are ripe for evaluation and replication, and provide practical tools and success stories to help make shared use a reality.

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John Bilderback, Step ONE Program Manager, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
Ellie Gladstone, Staff Attorney, ChangeLab Solutions
Gia Rutledge, Behavioral Scientist, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Benjamin Winig, Senior Staff Attorney and Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions
Moderator: Rosanne Farris, Branch Chief, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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WS 4.6: The First National Study of Neighborhood Parks: Implications for Increasing Physical Activity at the Population Level

This session will review the results of the first National Study of Neighborhood Parks, which assessed park use and park policies across 25 US Cities and 174 neighborhood parks. The findings identify specific policies, practices and facilities that enhance park use and park-based moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and demonstrate that parks are currently largely underutilized, especially in low-income neighborhoods.

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Deborah Cohen, Senior Scientist, RAND
Bing Han, Statistician, RAND
Thomas McKenzie, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University
Moderator: Jim Sallis, Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego
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Community Nutrition and Physical Activity

Mini-Plenary: MP 2.4: The Successful Impact of Cross System Collaborations in the Retail Environment

An estimated 30 million Americans live in urban neighborhoods and rural towns where they cannot buy healthy food to feed their families. Neighborhoods that lack healthy food access typically also have a host of other socio-economic problems which are rooted in historical and institutional policies and practices that have led to great disparity. This session will highlight efforts not only to increase access and improve community health but also help to create jobs, support local food systems, and help improve communities in other ways.

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Jessica Estrada, Program Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator, Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition and HealthyRetailSF Program
Danielle Ronshausen, Health Information Specialist II, County of Sonoma, Department of Health Services
Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Affairs, The Food Trust
Moderator: Jackie Richardson, Health Program Manager, California Department of Public Health
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Mini-Plenary: MP 3.2: Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks: Promoting Informed Choices

The session will discuss a safety warning policy on sugar sweetened beverages to inform consumers of the harmful health impact upon consumption of these products. The policy strategy has great potential to change social norms around SSBs to reduce the prevalence of youth and adult obesity and diabetes. Presenters will share their experience in developing SB 1000 and the lessons learned from the California campaign to provide a foundation for subsequent efforts in California and across the country.

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Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Ian McLaughlin, Senior Staff Attorney and Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions
Xavier Morales, Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Moderator: Patricia Crawford, Senior Director of Research, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

WS 1.7: Latino Community Engagement and Obesity Prevention: The Promotores Model

This session will highlight the successes and challenges of long-term, community-based participatory research targeting rural and urban Mexican-origin children to address childhood obesity. Learn how collaborations with promatoras (Community Health workers) in California and Texas are working to build trust, deliver culturally-appropriate messages and programs, and engage Mexican Origin families in community nutrition and physical activity interventions to prevent childhood obesity. Effective strategies and lessons learned to address Latino childhood obesity at the local, state, and national levels will be shared.

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Gail Frank, Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Rosa Manzo, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California at Davis
Joseph Sharkey, Professor, Texas A & M, School of Public Health
Moderator: Lucia Kaiser, Nutrition Specialist, University of California at Davis
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WS 2.4: Supporting and Promoting Breastfeeding: Obesity Prevention Begins at Birth

This presentation will provide an overview of the types of partnerships formed at the national, state, and local level that are necessary to have a collective impact on creating environments and systems that are conducive for providing breastfeeding support at the community level. In addition, providing participants examples of how to implement lactation accommodation policies for cities will be shared.

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Michael Parmer, Management Analyst I, City of Rancho Cucamonga
Gia Rutledge, Behavioral Scientist, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Shana Wright Bruno, Senior Program Manager, Lactation Supportive Environments, UC San Diego, Center for Community Health
Moderator: Deirdre Kleske, Healthy Works Program Specialist, County of San Diego
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WS 4.2: Reaching Diverse Communities Utilizing Culturally Tailored Strategies to Impact Change

This session will provide an overview of three successful obesity prevention efforts targeting diverse populations: Native Americans, African-Americans, and Youth. These initiatives focus on policy, systems and organizational practice change, blended with educational and promotional strategies using a sustainable collaborative model to create opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity at different levels of the community. Specific lessons learned will be shared, and considerations for replication of effective strategies will be highlighted.

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Teslyn Henry-King, Program Specialist I, County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Nutrition Program
Dakotah Jim, Research Program Officer, Notah Begay III Foundation
Colleen Schenck, Program Administrator, Mendocino County Health and Humans Services Agency
Moderator: Lynn Silver, Senior Advisor for Chronic Disease and Obesity, Public Health Institute
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WS: 3.1: “Shape”ing a Public-Private Strategy for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Georgia Shape is the Governor’s childhood obesity initiative comprised of governmental, philanthropic, academic and business communities. This coordinated effort mobilizes communication efforts and strategic public-private partnerships to achieve collective impact. Policy/intervention efforts are supported in schools, communities, child-care centers, government agencies, businesses, academic institutions and healthcare settings. Panelists will discuss challenges and practical solutions for working in large multi-sector coalitions.

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Trisha Hardy, Director, Child Wellness, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Debra Kibbe, Senior Research Associate, Georgia Health Policy Center
Emily Anne Vall, Obesity Project Manager (SHAPE), Georgia Department of Public Health
Moderator: Kelly Cornett, Physical Activity Coordinator, Georgia Department of Public Health
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Early Childhood Education

Mini-Plenary: MP 3.4: Step it Up! The Keys to Eating Well and Playing Hard in Family Day Care Homes

Family child care providers influence the nutrition and physical activity habits of children in their care. By promoting wellness early they can help children avoid obesity-related problems later in life. Family child care providers can achieve this successful end through sustained relationships with coaches and trainers. Session attendees will learn about wellness strategies implemented in family child care settings in multiple states.

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Jan Bassmann, Public Health Nutritionist, Child and Adult Care Food Program, New York State Department of Health
Jessica McDuff, Senior Associate, Altarum Institute
Christi Smith, Manager, Child Care Aware of Kansas
Dianne Ward, Director, Intervention and Policy Division, Dept of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderator: Kim Frinzell, Nutrition Education Administrator, Education and Nutrition Policy Unit, California Department of Education
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WS 1.1: Healthy Beverages in Early Childhood: Research to Policy to Practice

Intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) is a major contributor of childhood obesity. Although there have been policies to encourage intake of healthy beverages in schools, there have been few similar efforts in the pre-school and child care environment. This session will review healthier beverage recommendations for preschool/child care settings as well as share findings from studies before and after implementation of healthy beverage policies in the child care/pre-school setting. Practical lessons learned from implementing healthy beverage standards will also be shared.

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Tracy Fox, President, Food, Nutrition and Policy Consultants, LLC
Anisha Patel, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco
Lorrene Ritchie, Director, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Julie Shuell, Project Director, Nemours National Office of Policy & Prevention
Moderator: Ellen Braff-Guajardo, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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WS 2.2: Running with Streamers! Creating Active Environments for Young Children

This session highlights the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations on physical activity (PA) in early childhood settings and will showcase two successful interventions; 1) an innovative Physical Activity Specialist model program where experts in rural New York create change through training and technical assistance and 2) “Painting Playgrounds for Movement,” a cost-effective environmental intervention being implemented in preschools throughout California.

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Michele Buran, Physical Activity Coordinator, CSU Chico Research Foundation
Diane Craft, Professor, State University of New York at Cortland
Arlene Turner, Physical Activity & Nutrition Program Manager, Children and Families Commission of Orange County
Moderator: Candice Taylor Lucas, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
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WS 3.2: Using Child Care Licensing Laws to Improve Health

This session outlines intervention and policy strategies to promote nutrition and physical activity in child care settings. Presenters will discuss the national child care legal landscape, provide a summary of a 50-state review of child care licensing laws, highlight California examples of child care nutrition policy, including the recent addition of child nutrition training, and showcase Minnesota examples of policy implementation strategies. Attendees will gain an understanding of the national child care legal landscape, as well current state examples of child care nutrition policies.

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Natasha Frost, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law
Elyse Homel-Vitale, Nutrition Policy Advocate, California Food Policy Advocates
Moderator: Lindsey Turner, Director, Initiative for Healthy Schools, Boise State University
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WS 4.7: Tools of the Trade: Current Early Childhood Resources and Training

Practice and evidence-based resources and training are critical to advancing obesity prevention efforts in early care and education settings. Session attendees will become familiar with resources and training developed through the Let's Move! Child Care, Growing Healthy Children, and National Early Care and Education Collaborative models. Interactive session discussions will help attendees consider the application of these resources and training models in their local efforts.

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Jenna Larsen, Project Coordinator, Nutrition Education Programs, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Rachel Powell, LMCC Operations Manager , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Julie Shuell, Director, Prevention and Practice, Nemours National Office of Policy & Prevention
Moderator: Kelley Knapp, Nutrition Education Consultant, Nutrition Services Division, California Department of Education
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Food Systems

Mini-Plenary: MP 1.2: Global and Local Institutions Mobilizing for Food System Changes that Impact Health

Sustainable, secure and equitable food systems are central to health and well being. Efforts to reduce childhood obesity can be strengthened with attention to the fundamental role that food systems play in establishing the availability and cost of certain food. Yet, too often, obesity prevention practitioners fail to incorporate food system changes in their strategic planning. Similarly, food system actors ignore the health implications of the current food system and the benefits that a sustainable system might produce. This panel will explore emerging global opportunities from leaders in the field who are trying to forge integrated strategies across health and wellbeing and food systems.

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Gary Cohen, President and Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth
Ambassador Betty King, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Commissioner, WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Wendelin Slusser, Associate Vice Provost and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
Moderator: Marion Standish, Vice President, Enterprise Programs, The California Endowment
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WS 1.4: Collective Action: The Need for Multi-Sectoral Collaboration to Create a Healthy Food System

This session takes a look at organizational and governmental policy working together to reshape local food systems. Explore healthy food policy innovations in small retail, hospitals, and cities. This session will highlight replicable best practices, challenges, and successes in bringing together diverse stakeholders for change.

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Nancy Bragado, Deputy Director, Long Range Planning, City of San Diego
Colin Cureton, Food Systems Director, Community Health Improvement Partners
Kristen Klingler, Senior Public Health Specialist, Minneapolis Health Department
Anchi Mei, Senior Program Manager, International Rescue Committee
Moderator: John Young, Agricultural Commissioner , Yolo County Department of Agriculture
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WS 2.6: Going to Scale with “California Thursdays” - 42 School Districts Serving Fresh Food

This session introduces California Thursdays, a program to serve healthy, freshly prepared school meals featuring California-grown foods. California Thursdays simultaneously addresses obesity, food insecurity, environmental sustainability, and community economics through school food. This session will highlight the 2014 rollout (15 districts serving 190 million meals annually) and the program’s expansion.

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Adam Kesselman, Rethinking School Lunch Program Manager, Center for Ecoliteracy
Bob Knight, Founder, Inland Orange Conservancy and Old Grove Orange, Inc.
Wendelin Slusser, Associate Vice Provost and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
Moderator: Frederick Espinosa, Food Service Manager, Acquisition & Production, San Diego Unified School District
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WS 3.4: Linking Farms to Schools through Innovative Strategies and Procurement Practices

Often the most challenging aspect of creating a local farm to school program is linking the farms to the schools and creating a common language between the two. In this workshop we will discuss current practices used by school districts, farmers and nonprofits to make those connections and educate students and the communities. When you leave this workshop you will have learned, new strategies in developing local relationships around the food system; be able to describe the function and benefits of working with local producers to improve school meals and benefit the local economy; and be able to establish goals for next steps to increase purchases of locally grown and produced foods.

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Matthew Belasco, Director of Child Nutrition Services, Pittsburg Unified School District
Stephanie Bianco, Associate Professor, Assistant Director, Center for Healthy Communities
Jake Brimlow, Assistant Professor, California State University, Chico
Kacie O'Brien, Farm to School Lead, Western Region, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Moderator: Pamela Lambert, Director Nutrition Services, Oceanside Unified School District
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WS 4.4: A Food Bank Employee, a Farmer, and a Physician Walk into a Bar: Hear How Different Stakeholders are Strategizing to Address Health for Charitable Food Recipients

This session will highlight several local and national initiatives that are linking farm fresh produce to food bank recipients; connecting with diabetes counseling and referral services offered at local food pantries; and developing and using nutrition policies to spark organizational change amongst food bank employees. Panel members include a local farmer, food bank employee, public health anti-hunger advocate and a researcher to showcase how they are uniquely working to address the health of charitable food recipients.

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Thaddeus Barsotti, co-CEO and farmer, Farm Fresh To You
Elizabeth Campbell, Associate Specialist, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
James Floros, President & CEO, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
Michelle Marshall, Director of Nutrition, Feeding America
Moderator: Kenneth Hecht, Director of Policy, Nutrition Policy Institute, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Health Care Approaches to Prevention

Mini-Plenary: MP 1.1: The Evolution of Obesity Prevention: Accelerating Upstream Prevention to Improve Health and Equity in Communities, and to Help a Reforming Health Care System

This session will highlight how obesity prevention practice and policy is evolving. Once the province of nutritionists and fitness advocates, the movement to prevent obesity has been adopted in other sectors including education, agriculture, and environment, and has taken on an equity agenda. Implementing health reform presents both opportunities and imperatives to advance obesity prevention. Our expert panel will highlight initiatives that infuse upstream, multi-sector approaches, address the social determinants of equity and obesity, and that are beginning to integrate with the health care delivery system, with an eye for scale and sustainability.

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Gina Celano, Population Health Specialist, Nemours Health and Prevention Services
George Flores, Program Manager, The California Endowment
Loel Solomon, Vice President, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente
Moderator: Ginny Ehrlich, Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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WS 1.2: Are you Tech Savvy? How to Assess if Technology Can Help Kids and Families

This session will provide participants with examples of how technology has been used with children to promote behavior change. Participants will learn ways to approach technology to determine if and how it fits a need. Part of the session will be interactive group discussions where the audience will share their own experiences using or thinking about technology.

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Jennifer Bass, Quality Lead for Pediatric Exercise and Obesity, Kaiser Permanente, Northwest Region
Tamie Tlustos-Arnold, Pediatric Case Manager, Kaiser Permanente
Kimberly Young, Health Education Specialist, Kaiser Permanente
Moderator: Julia Lee, Senior Consultant, Digital Health Strategy, Kaiser Permanente
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WS 2.7: Family Centered Group Visits: Reducing Childhood Obesity in Vulnerable Populations

This session will highlight two innovative, evidence-based programs that utilize an interdisciplinary model to address obesity through a family centered approach. Active & Healthy Families of Contra Costa County is a culturally and linguistically tailored program for Latino families that utilizes interactive learning activities and measurable, goal- oriented tools for children and their families in the adoption of healthier habits. The Bite to Balance program in Alameda County utilizes fresh produce as a novel incentive and intervention for participation in an engaging pediatric group education program. Replicable lessons learned will be shared.

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Michele Bunker-Alberts, Family Nurse Practitioner, Alameda Health System
Annabelle Cadiz, Senior Public Health Nutritionist, Contra Costa Health Services
Daniela Jaramillo, Senior Public Health Nutritionist, Contra Costa Health Services
Tola Williams, Nurse Case Manager, Bite to Balance, Alameda Health System
Moderator: Kristine Madsen, Associate Professor, Joint Medical Program & Public Health Nutrition, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
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WS 3.7: The Continuum of Care: From Primary Prevention to Tertiary Management

This session will highlight collaborative partnerships that have resulted in innovations in health care delivery across the spectrum of obesity management from primary prevention to tertiary care. A primary prevention approach will be shared that focuses on building healthy habits among children ages 0-5 years old, as well as a multidisciplinary and tertiary management program that features partnerships to promote sustainable and effective care.

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Samantha Anzeljc, Quality Improvement Consultant, Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Amy Sternstein, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, OSU and Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Miranda Westfall, Program Manager & Clinic Dietitian, Fit for Healthy Weight Program University of California, Los Angeles
Jennifer K. Yee, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, Be Forever Fit Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Moderator: Megan Lipton-Inga, Director of Program Development, Diabetes and Obesity Program Children's Hospital Los Angeles
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Marketing to Kids

Mini-Plenary: MP 2.1: Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages for Public Health: What Have We Learned From the Mexico, Berkeley, and San Francisco Initiatives?

2013 and 2014 were watershed years for public health efforts to levy taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. As other locales across the country consider whether such a tax might be right for their community, the Mexico, Berkeley, and San Francisco experiences hold key lessons about winning strategies, the beverage industry's response, and early data about the impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on consumption.

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Rebecca Berner, El Poder del Consumidor, Directora de Desarrollo Institucional
Maureen Erwin, Founder, Erwin and Muir
Xavier Morales, Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Moderator: Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
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WS 2.3: Would You Eat 91 Cubes of Sugar: A Look at Several Strategies for Decreasing Consumption of Sugary Drinks

In this session, experts will provide a local perspective on either implementing and/or assessing a public health campaign aimed at reducing sugary drink consumption or increasing water consumption. Session highlights include an illustration of how healthy beverage media campaigns can be part of an integrated approach to encourage healthier beverage choices in low-income communities and a statewide initiative model to increase awareness on the health impacts of sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Hannah Chichester, Junior, Skyline High School, Y Street
Sarah Chichester, Junior, Skyline High School, Y Street
Henry Harper, Director of Community Outreach and Development, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Morgan Pareja, Associate, The Sarah Samuels Center for Public Health Research and Evaluation
Moderator: Renee Gross, Coordinator of Legal Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (UConn)
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WS 3.3: Unhealthy Food Marketing in Schools: National Progress, State and Local Action

Each year, companies spend $150 million marketing (mostly unhealthy) foods and beverages in U.S. schools. Companies have made commitments and USDA has proposed a national school marketing policy. Come hear about what's happening regarding school marketing at the national, state, and local level. Speakers will share best practices, lessons learned, and other resources to support efforts to address unhealthy food marketing in schools.

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Sabrina Adler, Staff Attorney, ChangeLab Solutions
Stephanie Tama-Sweet, Western Region Campaign Manager, Voices for Healthy Kids, American Heart Association & American Stroke Association
Moderator: Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest
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WS 4.3: Effective Messaging to Build Public Support to Curb Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children

Effective messages that resonate with parents and mobilize them to action are needed to accelerate progress to reduce unhealthy food marketing to children. This session will share the findings from focus groups representing diverse sets of moms across the country, highlight effective messages to mobilize parents, and discuss how the results can support national, state and local efforts to reduce unhealthy food marketing to children.

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Anita Sharma, Researcher, formerly of KRC Research
Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Moderator: Margo Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest
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Overarching

Mini-Plenary: MP 3.1: Toward Healthier Diets: Where Non-Governmental Organizations and Industry Clash and Cooperate

Leaders in the field of obesity prevention and current and former industry executives will discuss opportunities, challenges and convergent interests to develop, improve and promote healthful foods. The diverse organizations represented on this panel reflect different approaches to how changes can be made. Important challenges include what constitutes success and how progress can be reinforced.

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Richard Black, Vice President, Global R&D Nutrition Sciences, PepsiCo
Hank Cardello, Senior Fellow & Director, Obesity Solutions Initiative, Hudson Institute
Michael Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Lawrence Soler, President and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America
Moderator: William Harry Dietz Jr, Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute School of Public Health
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School and Expanded Learning (After School and Summer)

Mini-Plenary: MP 1.3: Mission Possible: Kids will eat school meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture updated school meal standards in July 2012. Anecdotal reports suggested these changes created more food waste. Research shows that parents support the new standards and children are eating fruits and vegetables in school. There are many strategies schools can use to make improvements to meal quality and menu choices supporting children's consumption of school meals – come learn about these strategies in this session.

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Juliana Cohen, Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition
Wendi Gosliner, Project Scientist, University of California
Judi Larsen, Program Manager, The California Endowment
Bethany Yon, Research Associate, University of Vermont
Moderator: Carol Chase Huegli, Associate Director, Nutrition Services Division, California Department of Education
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Mini-Plenary: MP 2.3: Building a Culture of Health through Diverse Collaborations

Students, teachers and staff spend a significant amount of time at school. A culture of health at schools supports healthy behaviors for the entire school community. This session focuses on innovation and collaboration. You will hear about work being led by retired military leaders, an integrated health care system and the largest teacher union in the nation.

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Major General Arthur Bartell, President, Army and Navy Academy
Lainie Morgan, Senior Program Coordinator, National Education Association - Healthy Futures
Sarah Threlfall, Senior Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
Moderator: Elisa Mendel, Vice President, Healthworks and Product Innovation, Kaiser Permanente
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WS 1.5: A “Whole” New Look at School Lunch: Perceptions Matter

Schools are under pressure to provide healthy school meals students will eat. This thought-provoking session looks at how the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) promotes holistic changes that improve student consumption of healthy foods. A national perspective of the SLM will be highlighted along with local examples of SLM implementation. In addition to the SLM presentation, “lessons from the lunch ladies”, a school-based research project will be shared.

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Kathryn Hoy, Manager, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs
Mary Podrabsky, Director of School and Community Initiatives, University of Washington-Center for Public Health Nutrition
Suzy Sayre, Director of Nutrition Services, El Monte High School District
Moderator: Shannan Young, Senior Project Manager, Dairy Council of California
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WS 2.5: Creating Healthy, Vibrant Afterschool Cultures: National, State, and Local Perspectives

With 10.2 million youth in afterschool programs, out-of-school time is ideal to educate students about nutrition, ensure students “get their 60”, and build healthier communities while helping close the achievement gap. The Alliance for a Healthy Generation, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, and Team California for Healthy Afterschool will present their models for making the healthy choice the easy choice in afterschool settings.

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Sue Cornell, Healthy U Director, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance
Daniel Hatcher, National Healthy Out-of-School Time Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Jason Smith, Health and Wellness Director, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
Moderator: Andrew Laufer, Education Administrator, California Department of Education
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WS 3.5: Made to Move: Getting Kids Active throughout the School Day

The Institute of Medicine recommends a “Whole-of-School” approach to providing physical activity to students. This session includes evaluations of three innovative programs in elementary schools. The programs illustrate opportunities to integrate activity in school that can complement physical education, including before and after school, lunch time recess, and classroom activity breaks. Each program will share evaluation strategies and results.

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Hendrik de Heer, Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University
Jessa Engelberg, Doctoral Candidate, University of California, San Diego
Ayano Healy, Lead Health Educator, Northern California Center for Well-Being
Moderator: Jim Sallis, Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego
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WS 4.5: New Local School Wellness Policy Requirements: Opportunities and Challenges for Implementation

New Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) requirements offer opportunities and challenges for implementation. This session will highlight nationwide successes utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s identified tools to support LSWP efforts, along with examples of how local communities were able to strengthen their school wellness policies.

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Sharon Hillidge, Wellness Resource Teacher, Chula Vista Elementary School District
Kate McDevitt, Senior Manager, School Wellness Programs, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Allison Nihiser, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Moderator: Heather Reed, Nutrition Education Consultant, Nutrition Services Division, California Department of Education
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