Session: “Is Childhood Obesity the Next Tobacco? The Growing Movement for State and Local Policy Reform
3166.1: Monday, November 17, 2003: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
“Is Childhood Obesity the Next Tobacco? The Growing Movement for State and Local Policy Reform
Childhood obesity is considered to be one of the most important public health problems facing our country today, with the prevalence of overweight children increasing four-fold since the 1960s. This crisis is perpetuated by social and environmental factors that encourage children to make unhealthy healthy eating and activity choices. Similar to lessons learned in the tobacco movement, solutions to this epidemic will include bold policy initiatives at the national, state, and local levels.
Learning Objectives: · Articulate four ways in which social and environmental factors contribute to unhealthy patterns of eating and physical activity for children and adolescents. · Identify three state or local policy strategies to help create school or community environments that support children in making healthy eating and activity choices · Describe three policy strategies for responding to the ubiquitous marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children. · Describe three roles for philanthropy in promoting nutrition and physical activity policy change.
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Panelist(s):Kelly Brownell, PhD
Robert Ross, MD
Margo Wootan, DSc
Honorable Deborah Ortiz
Honorable Marlene Canter
Moderator(s):Harold Goldstein, DrPH, MPH
12:30 PMEnvironment as a recipe for obesity: The need for bold action, Kelly Brownell, PhD
12:45 PMPhilanthropic leadership in fostering a nutrition and physical activity policy agenda, Robert K. Ross, MD
1:00 PMHow food companies market obesity to children: The need for a courageous public health response, Margo Wootan, DSc
1:15 PMWe've done it, you can too: Lessons from the California Legislature, Honorable Deborah Ortiz
1:30 PMBehind the scenes at LA unified school district: How we kicked the soda and junk food habit, Honorable Marlene Canter
Organized by:APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA