Summit 2008

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2008 Summit

5th Annual Pediatric Healthy Weight Summit

When Environment and Biology Collide: What Everyone Needs to Know about the Impact on Obesity from Pregnancy through Adolescence and Beyond

March 6 & 7, 2008
Greenville Hilton ~ Greenville, NC


The purpose of the summit was to understand the role various environmental factors play in the development of obesity.

  • The first day of the conference offered new insights into how elements of the built environment and the community/school environment, exposures to common environmental compounds, and manipulation of the in-utero environment may predispose us to develop obesity and obesity-related complications across the lifespan.
  • The second day featured workshops on ways to assess and mitigate the effects of these potentially obesogenic environmental influences.

Specific objectives were to:

  1. Describe cutting-edge research on a range of environmental influences for the development of obesity and lifelong predisposition to chronic disease;
  2. Evaluate the evidence for these environmental factors as contributors to the causes of obesity;
  3. Generate ideas for new and innovative research projects that address how environmental factors can be mitigated or promoted; and
  4. Explore practical applications for incorporating the evidence into every day clinical practice.

The summit had 114 participants, with 101 attending Day 1 and 80 attending Day 2. They represented a wide range of disciplines, such as medicine, public health, allied health and nursing, and came from 9 states and 25 counties across North Carolina.

Keynote Presenters

  • Dana Dolinoy, PhD, MS, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jirtle Laboratory, Duke University
  • Madeline Dalton, PhD, Director, Hood Center for Children and Families Community Health Research Program, Dartmouth College
  • Jerrold Heindel, PhD, Scientific Program Administrator, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

To review program information, see the links below:

Summit Sponsors

  • ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research & Treatment Center
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • The Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Physician's East
  • ECU Department of Exercise & Sport Science
  • The Brody School of Medicine Medical Student Council
  • Eastern AHEC -- Division of Continuing Medical Education and Division of Allied & Public Health