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Childhood Obesity Congress Sessions

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Presenters and planners listed below have not indicated any financial interests or other relationships to disclose unless their name is marked with a *D. Presenters and planners marked with a *D have financial interests or other relationships to disclose.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 9:15am-10:30am

Fit for Life: Family Centered Approach in Promoting Health and Wellness in Infants and Toddlers
Level 2 intermediate

Acklema Mohammad MD, Pediatrics Department Section Head, Urban Health Plan, Inc.; 
Shamiza Ally MD, Pediatrician, Urban Health Plan, Inc.;
Justine Springer, Project Coordinator, Fit for Life

The Fit for Life performance improvement team uses an interdisciplinary team-based, family-centered approach by targeting caregivers of children from birth through 36 months of age for intervention. The project design provides comprehensive services that lay the groundwork for the caregivers to continue healthy eating habits, which promotes healthy weight maintenance throughout the child's life. The Program engages in a preparation of a family focused self-management plan supported by monthly visits to a nutritionist, and telephone support.  Participants will learn how to set simple yet effective self-management goals with caregivers and how to implement this program in their own organizations.

Project Healthy Schools: Community-University Collaboration to Reduce CVD Risk Factors in Youth
Level 1 core

Jean DuRussel-Weston RN, MPH, CHES, Manager, Project Healthy Schools, University of Michigan Health System

Project Healthy Schools is a community-university partnership providing school-based programming to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. This session describes 5 years of survey and physiologic data and introduces a toolkit for program implementation. The toolkit will be available on our Web site along with consultation as needed.

Using Photovoices to Engage Latina Teens in Research and Advocacy for a Healthier Community
Level 2 intermediate

Robert Dudley MD, National Public Health Scholar, Community Health Center Inc., New Britain, Connecticut;
Jayme Hannay PhD, MPH, Special Projects Consultant, Community Health Center Inc.

Participants will learn about Photovoices, a summer youth employment program for Puerto Rican teens. Using disposable cameras, the youth took photos answering three questions. The youth organized the photos into a poster and presented their research at the Spanish Speaking Center. Photovoices can be used to focus on a single gender, age, or racial/ethnic group but it is equally appropriate for promoting dialogue, understanding and collective action across multiple generations, races, and genders. Photovoices is a feasible, cost-effective, culturally relevant and fun intervention for teaching leadership and advocacy skills to teens in an obesity prevention program.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 11:00am-12:15pm

QI Learning Collaborative to Improve the Documentation of BMI, Nutrition and Activity Counseling
Level 2 intermediate

Steve Cook MD, MPH, (*D) Assistant Professor, University of Rochester;
Jan Schriefer MBA, DrPH, Director, Pediatric Quality Improvement, University of Rochester Medical Center

(*D) Steve Cook receives project funding from an established contract with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation as a consultant.

The Greater Rochester Obesity Collaborative is working with local pediatric practices using a quality improvement learning collaborative approach as the framework to improve BMI documentation, classification and counseling rates for nutrition and activity. Participants will learn about the documented improvements in all of the targeted process measures and how these results suggest that the learning collaborative efforts promoted improvements in obesity identification and counseling.

The Lean Team: Enhancing School-Based Obesity Prevention Programs by Including Services for Teachers
Level 2 intermediate

Coleen Martin MS,RD,LD, Program Director, Medical University of South Carolina;
Janice D. Key MD, Faculty, MUSC College of Graduate Studies

Supplemental Material:
Worksheet: Implement change in your school

This presentation describes a unique method for implementation of school-based obesity programs. The Lean Team uses an inclusive and coordinated approach to involve the school as well as the community in its school-based obesity prevention program. The Lean Team program initially targets teachers and school staff. This implementation plan leads to improved behaviors modeled by teachers and their participation in the program results in increased participation by students. Team members also are involved in implementation of other program components including a needs assessment of the school and promotion of policy changes at the school. This model was found to be particularly effective in schools with predominantly minority or low-income students which had little parental involvement.

We Can!(TM): Science-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention via Clinical Settings
Level 1 core

Melinda S. Kelley PhD, Policy Analyst, Division of the Application of Research Discoveries National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH;
Wanda Montalvo RN, MSN, ANP, Clinical Director, New York State Diabetes Campaign

In response to the public health crisis associated with childhood overweight, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed We Can! TM, Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition, a national education program that brings families and communities together to promote healthy weight in children ages 8 through 13. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the science behind the program and will offer a clear understanding of the program’s available resources, together with ways to implement the program in their own outpatient and office settings.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 1:15pm-2:30pm

MEND: Implementing a Scalable, Community-Centered and Family-Focused Obesity Intervention  Part 1 
Presentation Introduction
Level 2 intermediate

Chris Calitz BA (Hons), Partnership Development Director (North America), MEND, UK;
Joann Donnelly MA, CHFI, Training and Innovation Director, MEND Foundation;
Sarah E. Barlow MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine;
James Finck BA, President /CEO, YMCA of Austin

The MEND Program is the one of the world’s largest after school, evidence-based obesity interventions that is family-focused and community-centered. The program uses trained multidisciplinary teams to deliver a standardized, multi-component curriculum in community settings such as recreation centers, schools and community halls. The program was adapted to US dietary, physical activity and policy guidelines. Pilot testing commenced in Fall 2009 in Austin and Houston, Texas, through public-private partnership funding. This session will provide a history and overview of the MEND Program, its international clinical research and implementation, the US adaptation and a discussion on its role and delivery within the context of the US healthcare system.

Stay'NHealthy Growing Strong - The Nashua Youth Overweight Collaborative
Level 2 intermediate

Lila H. Monahan MD, FAAP, (*D) Pediatrician, Partners in Pediatrics;
Wanda Kennerson CMA, (*D) Clinical Liaison, Advantage Network PHO, Southern NH Medical Center

(*D) Lila H. Monahan - St. Joseph Hospital, First Choice PHO, Dartmouth Hitchcock-Nashua, Healthy NH Foundation and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation all provided funding for this project;
(*D) Wanda Kennerson established a contract with Southern NH Medical Center and Advantage Network PHO as an employee. St. Joseph Hospital, First Choice PHO, Dartmouth Hitchcock-Nashua, Healthy NH Foundation and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation all provided funding for this project.

This session will highlight  the multidisciplinary Stay'NHealthy - Growing Strong, Nashua (NH) Youth Overweight Collaborative. As a result of participating in the collaborative, practice teams were able to improve documentation of correct BMI percentile for overweight/obese patients, knowledge of motivational interviewing techniques, routinely address nutrition and screen time with their overweight/obese patients and families. A framework for developing and implementing similar programs in participant's home areas will be discussed.

Healthy for Life: An Innovative Approach to Childhood Obesity
Level 1 core

Marie-Hortence Prosper MPH, MBA, Research Analyst, St. Joseph Health System

Healthy for Life is a school-based childhood obesity reduction program focusing on the areas of school environment through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index, physical activity, and nutrition. Participants will learn how the program curriculum and components may be replicated in local settings or integrated into current physical education classes to enhance them.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 3:00pm-4:15pm

MEND: Implementing a Scalable, Community-Centered and Family-Focused Obesity Intervention  Part 2
Level 2 intermediate

Chris Calitz BA (Hons), Partnership Development Director (North America), MEND UK;
Joann Donnelly MA, CHFI, Training and Innovation Director, MEND Foundation;
Sarah E. Barlow MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine;
James Finck BA, President /CEO, YMCA of Austin

The MEND Program is the one of the world’s largest after school, evidence-based obesity interventions that is family-focused and community-centered. The program uses trained multidisciplinary teams to deliver a standardized, multi-component curriculum in community settings such as recreation centers, schools and community halls. The program was adapted to US dietary, physical activity and policy guidelines. Pilot testing commenced in Fall 2009 in Austin and Houston, Texas, through public-private partnership funding. This session will provide a history and overview of the MEND Program, its international clinical research and implementation, the US adaptation and a discussion on its role and delivery within the context of the US healthcare system.

Preventing Childhood Obesity Through the Teen Lens
Level 1 core

Jenne Johns, Deputy Director for Programs, Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc (SHIRE)

Ward 8 is located in the District of Columbia, which had the highest rates of childhood obesity in the nation. In an effort to prevent obesity, SHIRE implemented the Summer Teen Health Education Program. This program trained youth ages 12-19 to become peer health educators in the community. Of students recruited to participate, significant increases were seen in pre-post test on health knowledge, behaviors, and nutrition practices among youth. Participants will learn how this program can be applied to the outpatient setting by encouraging clinicians and medical providers to refer patients to community-based programs.

The POWER of a Healthier Tomorrow: A Walk in Our Shoes…With a Pedometer?
Level 3 advanced studies

Carl A. Sather MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Pediatrics, Clinical Nutrition Fellow, Indiana University School of Medicine;
Sandeep K. Gupta MD, (*D) Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine;
Heather Cupp RD, CD, Program Dietician and Coordinator, POWER

(*D) Sandeep K. Gupta established a contract with GSK as a consultant and with Abbott as a speaker.

This presentation will highlight the POWER (Pediatric OverWeight Education and Research) program, which utilizes current practice guidelines according to each provider’s discipline along with established methods for motivational interviewing and readiness-to-change evaluation in our patient care. Families are trained in methods of behavioral change through effective communication and parental strategy during difficult lifestyle modification. The POWER clinic offers patients an initial intensive three-month phase during which they visit with the multidisciplinary team including a dietitian, physical therapist, physician and psychologist. Participants will see the tools utilized to evaluate patients and their families as well as the multi-disciplinary process used to evaluate the program.

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