June 29 – July 2, 2015

San Diego, California

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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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