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Conference on childhood obesity slated for
Sept. 23

RELEASED: July 28, 2010

Western Wisconsin Kids & Obesity Conference graphicEAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension will present the Western Wisconsin Kids & Obesity Conference from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at The Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. The conference is designed for health care and human services professionals, educators and others who work with young people.

The conference will focus on strategic and coordinated actions that can be taken to help stem the epidemic of childhood obesity. Conference objectives include an examination of the problem, the latest evidence-based prevention strategies, examples of successful western Wisconsin programs and resources available to help support community childhood obesity programs.

Keynote speakers will be UW-Eau Clare alumnus Dr. William Klish, professor emeritus of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, who will present "Kids & Obesity: Why Should We Care?"; and Dr. Marilyn S. Nanney, assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., who will present "Childhood Obesity Prevention: What Works?"

"I strongly believe that obesity is the most important public health issue facing the world today, and that the roots of adult obesity lie within childhood," Klish said.

There will be three breakout sessions in the afternoon. Topics participants may choose from are:

  • "Decreasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Daycare-Aged Youth of Chippewa County," with Judy Fedie and Melissa Dunlap.
  • "Medical-Based Approaches to the Treatment of Childhood Obesity," with Dr. Brent Jensen.
  • "La Crosse County's Healthy Living Strategic Plan: How We Plan to Be the Healthiest County by 2015 and Its Impact on Childhood Obesity," with Rachel Hazuga.
  • "Identifying the Challenges and Solutions to Following Model Nutrition and Activity Standards in Early Childcare and Education Settings," with Nanney.
  • "Making the Easy Choice … The Healthy Choice in Polk County," with Janel Hemmesch.
  • "Community-Based Interventions to Childhood Obesity — What is the Evidence?" with Klish.

The program fee is $99 per person through Sept. 10 and $119 after Sept. 10. The fee includes refreshments, lunch, materials and instruction. To register, obtain additional program information or request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Continuing Education website or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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