4285.0 Unique Approaches in Obesity Prevention and School Wellness Policies

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 2:30 PM
The purpose of this session is to explore unique ways to impact the obesity epidemic through various approaches in states, communities and schools. The panel will examine state legislative efforts to increase fruit and vegetable intake; the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network aimed at increasing communitiesí capacity to make healthier options more accessible to children; a training initiative for parents and community leaders on local school wellness policies to support implementation of these policies; and state- and district-level nutrition policies addressing junk food sales to students in school vending machines and school stores. Benefits and challenges of each approach will be presented.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1.Discuss state and national policy initiatives that address the obesity epidemic including fruit and vegetable state legislation and increasing communitiesí capacity to make healthier options available. 2. Describe two unique policy-related approaches to promote healthy nutrition and/or physical activity environments in schools.

2:50 PM
Tipping the scales: Using the law to further childhood obesity prevention policy
Marice Ashe, JD, MPH, Manel Kappagoda, JD, MPH, Karla Hampton, JD and Christine Fry, MPP
3:10 PM
Building the capacity of community leaders to engage parents in local school wellness policy
Nestor Martinez, MPH, RD, Eddy Jara, MPH, DrPH (c), Joanne Gooley, MA, RD, Victoria Berends, BS and Peggy Agron, MA, RD
3:30 PM
State but not district nutrition policies are associated with less 'junk food' in school vending machines and school stores in US public schools
Martha Y. Kubik, PhD, RN, Melanie Wall, PhD, Marilyn S. Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD, Toben F. Nelson, ScD, Melissa Nelson, PhD, RD and Mary Story, PhD, RD

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Maternal and Child Health, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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