The 2016 Pennington Biomedical Research Center Childhood Obesity & Public Health Conference
Speakers & Agenda - Tuesday, October 25, 2016



9:00 AM

Will Cefalu, MD
Executive Director
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Amanda Staiano, PhD, MPP
Assistant Professor
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

  9:05 AM
Setting the Stage: Louisiana’s Initiatives to Prevent Obesity in the Early Years

Kate Holmes, MPH
Early Childhood Education and School Health Lead
Louisiana Department of Health
  9:15 AM
Shaping the Child Care Environment to Promote Healthy Weight

Dianne Ward, PhD
Professor, Department of Nutrition
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Session 1: Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Young Children’s Diet

  10:15 AM
Revamping Children’s Diets at Home and On the Go
Corby Martin, PhD
Associate Professor
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  10:45 AM
What’s on the Kids’ Menu in Louisiana

Catherine Champagne, PhD, RD
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  11:15 AM
Activity Break

Session 2: Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Young Children’s Physical Activity

  11:30 AM
On the Right Track: Why Fitness Matters for Young Children

Brian Timmons, PhD
Associate Professor
McMaster University
  12:30 PM
Lunch (Provided)
  1:30 PM
Promoting Fundamental Motor Skill Development in the Early Years

Kip Webster, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University
  2:00 PM
Preparing Louisiana Children for Kindergarten: The State’s Efforts to Ensure All Children Are Ready and Healthy
Jenna Conway
Assistant Superintendent, Early Childhood
Louisiana Department of Education
  2:30 PM
A Snapshot of Local NAP SACC Effectiveness

Melinda Sothern, PhD 
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  3:00 PM
Closing Remarks and Adjournment

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