IOM workshop explores disparities and childhood obesity prevention

On June 6-7, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention will host a public session, “Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight.”

The workshop will examine childhood obesity prevention through the lens of working to achieve health equity. Workshop presentations and discussions involving researchers, policy makers, advocates, and other stakeholders will focus on income, race, and ethnicity, and how these factors intersect with childhood obesity and its prevention.

The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions concerning the key obesity prevention goals and recommendations outlined in the 2012 IOM report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, related to physical activity; healthy food access; food marketing and messaging; and the roles of employers, health care professionals, and schools. Workshop attendees will explore the health equity issues in each of these critical aspects of obesity prevention, while discussing potential future research, policy, and action in each area that could lead to equity in opportunities to achieve a healthy weight.

Registration to attend the workshop in person is required. A video webcast will also be available here on the day of the event. Registration is NOT required. The speakers’ PowerPoint slides and video recording of the proceedings will be available on the workshop’s webpage following the event.


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