"Understanding Obesity and Childhood Nutrition"
Press Room: Obesity and Childhood Nutrition Town Hall
Understanding Obesity and Childhood Nutrition:
A Special AAAS Public Engagement Event
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Read the Town Hall program (Adobe PDF)
Teachers, school health professionals, parents, students, scientists, and the public were invited to take part in a free town hall-style event on understanding the science behind obesity and childhood nutrition.
Free Resources for K-12 Professionals:
Pedometers and a DVD related to childhood obesity are available, while supplies last.
Also available are free copies of the Planet Health curriculum for middle-school professionals. Please email Angela Bradley, or phone 202-326-6408.
In keeping with the theme of the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting, "Science and Technology from a Global Perspective," the town hall key questions, including:
What does science tell us about children's nutritional needs worldwide?
Is there enough time in the school day for exercise?
How can nutrition instruction fit into the K-12 science curriculum?
What roles can communities, schools, culture, and people play in addressing the problem of childhood obesity?
Download a 77-page book (Adobe PDF) exploring the causes and health consequences of obesity as well as tips on prevention and treatment.
Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Executive Publisher, Science
AAAS President's Overview
David Baltimore, AAAS President; Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology
Watch Baltimore's overview:
The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston
Watch Mayor Menino's address:
Sally Squires (Moderator), nationally syndicated Lean Plate Club Columnist; Nutrition and Health Writer, Washington Post
See how the audience responded to Squires' question about which action they would rather take to improve health:
Childhood Nutrition Around the World
Walking for Health
What are the roles of communities, schools, cultural factors, and people's behavioral patterns? Four leading experts will offer their views.
Christina Economos, Ph.D., assistant professor of nutrition at Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Research Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
Virginia A. Stallings, M.D., Ph.D. (Moderator), the Jean A. Cortner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, professor of pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and chair of the Institute of Medicine committee on nutrition standards for foods in schools
Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, who also serves as associate dean for health promotion and disease prevention in the School of Medicine
People (and Their Behavior)
A panel composed of Christina Economos, Virginia A. Stallings, Shiriki Kumanyika, and Steven Gortmaker, and moderated by Sally Squires (left), answered audience questions.
Watch the panel discussion:
AAAS unveiled a new fitness-oriented learning game for young people. Two local students attempted to answer questions correctly by jumping on interactive dance pads.
Jill Carter, Wellness Coordinator, Boston Public Schools; and Co-author, Planet Health.
Bob Hirshon, Senior Project Director for Media Programs, AAAS, and Executive Producer, Science Update radio program.
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