4344.0 Improving Community Health through Obesity Prevention Programs

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 8:30 PM
The breadth of the environmental and policy factors contributing to poor eating habits and sedentary behaviors requires bringing together diverse constituencies to advocate for a broad agenda; in effect building a strong movement for change. The coordination and synergy of efforts could bring about a needed push in changing environments to support good health and wellbeing. This section includes presentations examining various aspects of community obesity prevention programs. Programs discussed include a diabetes prevention program for low-income midlife women and an obesity prevention for children that promotes increased physical activity and healthier eating habits.
Session Objectives: At the end of the session, the participant will be able to: (1) Articulate the importance of an environmental approach to prevent chronic disease; (2) Identify the clinical outcomes that should be measured to assess the effectiveness of a weight loss intervention; (3) Discuss successes and challenges of sustaining obesity prevention programs; (4) Describe a practical framework for the integration of active living and healthy eating promotion through environmental and policy strategies.
Raymond W. Thron, PhD, PE, DEE

8:30 PM
Strategies to reduce chronic illness by advancing a policy agenda to improve eating and activity environments
Larry Cohen, MSW, Leslie Mikkelson, RD, MPH, Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES, Jamila Edwards, MPP, Janani Srikantharajah, BA and Jesse Appelman, BA
8:45 PM
Weight-Wise: A weight loss program for low-income women in the North Carolina WISEWOMAN program
Carmen D. Samuel-Hodge, PhD, MPH, RD, Beverly A. Garcia, MPH, Thomas C. Keyserling, MD, MPH, Sara C. Lindsley, MS, BSN, RN, Kathryn P. Bramble, MA, Larry F. Johnston, MA, Trisha E. Hardy, MPH, RD, Ziya Gizlice, PhD, Alice Ammerman, DrPH, RD, Taryn Edwards, RN, BSN, Alison Gustafson, PhD, MPH, RD and Patricia A. Poindexter, MPH, CHES
9:00 PM
Sustaining and replicating obesity prevention projects: North Carolina's Fit Together Initiative
Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD, Claudia Graham, MPH and Heidi S. Churchill, MPH
9:30 PM
Parental actions for child health three years after Arkansas initiated BMI reports
Amanda Philyaw, Martha M. Phillips, PhD, MPH, MBA, C. Heath Gauss, MS, Victoria L. Evans, MPH, Zoran Bursac, PhD and James M. Raczynski, PhD

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus, Maternal and Child Health, Community Health Workers SPIG

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing