Conference Confronts Childhood Obesity Epidemic
As school lunchrooms across America struggle to serve more healthful foods, childhood obesity has reached record levels—16 percent of children aged 2 to 19 are now considered obese. This June, The Cancer Project will host a two-day conference to address this epidemic.
On June 18 and 19, in Washington, D.C., The Cancer Project will sponsor the National Conference on Childhood Obesity: Confronting the Epidemic through Nutrition Research and Policy. The conference will give researchers, health care professionals, policymakers, and other concerned citizens an opportunity to learn about the link between diet and obesity—and to discuss how to battle the childhood obesity epidemic through nutrition policy reform and community action.
The roster of 11 expert speakers includes David Barker, M.D., whose research has shown that the intrauterine environment preprograms important aspects of health; Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., M.P.H., who recently presented a study showing that carotid arteries in obese youth resemble those of an average 45-year-old; and many other experts.
Physicians, nurses, and dietitians can receive continuing education credit for attending the conference, which is co-sponsored by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, with partnership of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
To register or obtain more information, please visit CancerProject.org.