Combating Childhood Obesity

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Texas Children’s Hospital

Smith Legacy Tower

6621 Main Street

Houston, TX 77030

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An exclusive summit convening some of the nation's leading experts on childhood obesity to share best practices and solutions.

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Please join us in Houston on May 16, 2019, for an exclusive national summit exploring the latest thinking and research about how medicine and the wider community can best address childhood obesity. This daylong forum will bring together medical experts, researchers, hospital leaders, pediatricians, community health advocates and other stakeholders from around the country for a series of high-level conversations exploring best practices and solutions – as well as networking opportunities. The conference, made possible by the support of Texas Children’s Hospital, will be held at its Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower in Houston.

Keynote Speakers:

George Bray, M.D., Boyd Professor Emeritus, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University

William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Speakers Include:

• Thomas Baranowski, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine; Editor in Chief, “Childhood Obesity”

• Hank Cardello, Director, Food Policy Center, Hudson Institute

• Christina Economos, Ph.D., Professor and New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

• Kevin D. Hall, Ph.D., Chief of the Integrative Physiology Section, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

• Jennifer L. Harris, Ph.D., Director of Marketing Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut

• Thomas Inge, M.D., Director of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Colorado

• Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Adjunct Professor of Economics, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

• Nancy Roman, President and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America

• Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine; Director of the FIT Program for Pediatric Obesity, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

• Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., MPH, Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

• Elsie M. Taveras, M.D., MPH, Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital

• Sharonda Alston Taylor, M.D., Medical Director, Teens Working on Wellness Adolescent Weight Management Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital

• Denise Wilfley, Ph.D., Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

• Deborah Young, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Research, Department of Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Key Themes:

Where is the Obesity Research Heading? Experts explore what is known (and what is not known) about the complex causes of obesity and the range of influences that make it so difficult to treat and prevent, from how much specific dietary choices matter to the effects of physical activity and the role of social determinants of health.

Treatment Interventions That Work – And That Don’t. Lessons learned about the strategies being employed by leading pediatric weight-management programs today, from therapies involving the whole family to bariatric surgery. What are the takeaways for primary care practitioners and health systems seeking to provide effective weight-management care?

Partnering for Prevention: Bringing the Battle to the Community. Hear about the wisdom that has been gleaned about obesity prevention in children, as well as ways that the medical community and community organizations can work together to put the wisdom into practice.

Turning the Tide in an Obesogenic Food Environment. Thought leaders in food policy discuss the role and responsibilities of the food industry and ways that tax and regulatory policies – as well as the private sector – might contribute to solutions.

Policy Prescription: What Are the Next Steps? A closing conversation summarizing what policymakers and medical experts should be prioritizing to improve the odds of success in this fight.

Please join us the evening before the summit for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking with speakers and other VIPs:

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central

Houston Marriott Medical Center

6580 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030

Sponsored by: EYP

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