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2010 Summit

7th Annual Pediatric Healthy Weight Summit

The Role of the Social Environment in the
Prevention & Treatment of Childhood Obesity

Friday, March 26, 2010
East Carolina Heart Institute
Greenville, NC

The social environment, including families, peers, neighborhoods, faith-based organizations, schools and virtual communities/the Internet, has an enormous impact on the lifelong weight-related habits children establish as well as their thoughts and perceptions about food, activity and their bodies. The 7th annual summit examined the role the social environment plays in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

Summit Objectives

  1. To learn about elements of the social environment that influence weight-related lifestyle habits in children;
  2. To showcase community and clinical programs that address aspects of the social environment for the prevention and treatment of obesity;
  3. To provide participants with skills to engage elements of the social environment as positive vehicles for healthy lifestyle change.

One hundred fifteen people attend the summit. Participants represented a wide range of disciplines, such as medicine, public health, allied health and nutrition and came from 26 counties across North Carolina.


Keynote Speakers

  • The Social Context of Adolescent Obesity: Thoughts on a Social Network Approach to Intervention, Laura Koehly, PhD, National Human Genome Institute, National Institutes of Health

  • Citizen Health Care: Partnering Providers with Families and Communities to Improve Health, Tai Mendenhall, PhD, LMFT, CFT, University of Minnesota Medical School

  • Take Off 4-Health: Engaging Elements of the Social Environment to Reduce Childhood Obesity, David Collier, MD, PhD, Lee Scripture III, James Cox, MSW, ACSW, Lesley Lutes, PhD

Three afternoon break out sessions and a poster session were also offered.

Session A: Tools & Strategies for Clinical Intervention with Families of Overweight Youth

  • Clinical Tools & Instruments – Suzanne Lazorick, PhD, MPH, ECU Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health
  • Family Systems Theory and Applications – Keeley Pratt, MS, MFTA, ECU Department of Child Development and Family Relations
  • Motivational Interviewing: Enhancing Motivation for Change – Leigh Atherton, MA, ECU Department of Rehabilitation Studies

Session B: Citizen Health Care: Applying a Community Participatory Approach to Reducing Obesity in Eastern North Carolina

  • Tai Mendenhall, PhD, LMFT, CFT, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Community Reaction Panel

Session C: Two Sessions Offered:

Using Social Media-based Technology as an Intervention Strategy to Reduce Childhood Obesity

  • Lesley Lutes, PhD, ECU Department of Psychology
  • Paul Estabrooks, PhD, Department of Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Using Faith-based Communities to Promote Healthy Lifestyles

  • David Hall, MPH, MDiv, Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch, NC Division of Public Health
  • Annie McIver, Lay Leader, Cameron Grove African American Episcopal Zion Church, Broadway, NC
  • Carolee Mitchell, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse, Center United Methodist Church, Sanford, NC

To download the complete program agenda (Word document), click here.

Summit Sponsors

  • The Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • RTI International
  • East Carolina University Pediatric Healthy Weight Research & Treatment Center
  • East Carolina University Division of Continuing Studies
  • East Carolina University Department of Exercise & Sport Science
  • East Carolina University Department of Physical Therapy