Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington DC, USA, May 7-9, 2012. Deadline to apply (online registration closes) April 28, 2012.
About: On May 7-9, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, will host Weight of the Nation™, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. Planning for the 2012 conference is being done by CDC with members of the planning committee.
Weight of the Nation™ is designed to provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies, and is framed around five intervention settings: early care and education; states, tribes and communities; medical care; schools; and workplaces. Plenary and concurrent sessions will highlight impactful strategies implemented in these settings that have lead to policy and environmental supports that have improved population-level health. A key feature of the conference is a move from didactic presentations to an emphasis on interactive discussion between plenary and concurrent session panelists and the audience. Plenary sessions and concurrent forums will present case studies on the use of policy and environmental strategies within certain settings (e.g., workplaces) and sectors (e.g., law or agriculture) while concurrent sessions will discuss specific issues within the setting context (e.g., strategies to leverage built-environment initiatives to increase physical activity in workplaces).
Our primary audience includes elected and appointed public policy makers; federal, state and local public health leaders; as well as partners and researchers engaged in policy related obesity prevention and control initiatives.
The conference objectives are: 1. Present policy, system and environmental approaches (PSE) that show promise or demonstrated success for improving population level health per nutrition, physical activity and obesity health indicators. 2. Inform and engage policy makers on key obesity prevention priorities. 3. Learn to more effectively coordinate with media especially on defining and portraying “health” as a normative component of one’s lifestyle. 4. Increase the use of evaluation to develop and invest in impactful PSE approaches.