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Join PHI at the 2017 Childhood Obesity Conference

May 05, 2017

Join the Public Health Institute (PHI) at the 9th biennial Childhood Obesity Conference in San Diego May 31 – June 2.

The conference brings together the nation’s largest collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity/overweight. PHI oversees a diverse portfolio of programs that work to reduce the risk of obesity, many of which will be at the conference: look for the Center for Wellness and NutritionCalifornia Project LEAN, Health in All Policies and Berkeley Media Studies Group.

Look for us at the presentations and events below throughout the conference, and stop by our booth to find out more about our work.

Follow @PHI_wellness using #COC17 for live updates during the conference.


Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit booth will be in the Grand Hall Wednesday, May 31 @ 7:30 – 8:30 AM, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, 2:45 – 4:00 PM, and Thursday, June 1 @ 7:30 – 8:30 AM, 9:45 – 10:30 AM, 2:45 – 3:30 PM

The Center for Wellness and Nutrition will be co-hosting an exhibit booth with fellow PHI programs California Project LEAN and Survey Research Group. The exhibit will showcase innovative nutrition, policy, and environmental change approaches and resources from all three programs. Stop by to browse resources, sign up for our e-newsletter, pick up a reusable shopping bag, and connect with program staff.  

Opening Plenary Panel

Bracing for a Food Fight: Defending Public Health in this Politically Charged Digital Age

  • Wednesday, May 31, 8:15 – 10:15 am
  • In these unsettling political times, progress may be thwarted on healthy school lunches, the Nutrition Facts label, and food safety. Come hear about what’s at stake and how public health advocates can defend science and past successes, and continue to make progress. Google and Twitter representatives will share how best to utilize their digital marketing mediums to get the message out and connect with the target audience.
  • Presenter: Lori Dorfman, Director of PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group. Words count. So too, do actions. How can public health advocates utilize more effective messaging? This is increasingly important as public resources and protections are on the chopping block. What can public health advocates learn from individuals who excel at getting their messages across effectively?

Mini Plenary Panels


  • Presenter: Lianne Dillon, California Health in All Policies Task Force
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017; 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Grand D
  • This session will take a look at addressing childhood obesity through other sectors: land use, transportation, and climate change work. The session will identify various funding streams that align with obesity prevention, and address potential points of intersection for local communities. The session will also describe efforts that leverage funding and partnerships, and share methods and outcomes for embedding health and equity into community-driven approaches to community change.


Big Data, bigger problems: How food and beverage marketers target kids of color, and what we can do about it

  • Moderator: Lori Dorfman, Director of PHI's Berkeley Media Studies Group
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017; 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Seaport ABC
  • Big Data is influencing politics, economics, international relations—and our children’s health. During this session representatives from the Center for Digital Democracy, Color Of Change, and National Council of La Raza will discuss how food and beverage companies leverage Big Data to target children and youth of color with marketing for unhealthy food – and how these organizations, together with Berkeley Media Studies Group, are collaborating to expose and eliminate these practices

Oral Presentations

Growing a Healthy Foundation for Learning: What’s New in Local School Wellness Policies from Grassroots to D.C.

  • Presenter: Jane Alvarado Bannister, Program Manager with California Project LEAN
  • Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Seaport ABC
  • In July 2016, the USDA updated requirements for school local wellness policies (LWPs). As a result, most school districts will need to realign and strengthen existing LWPs. This session will outline the guidelines, highlight current policy work at the state and local level, review the latest research, and discuss how two rural districts collaborated to develop more comprehensive LWPs.

Poster Presentations

Grand Ballroom ABC: Wednesday, May 31 @ 10:15 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM  and Thursday, June 1 @ 10:00 – 10:30 AM, 2:45 – 3:30 PM

  • Healthy Snack Guide – Center for Wellness and Nutrition, AltaMed and Los Angeles DPH in partnership with Superior Grocers
  • Pescadero High School Youth Food Alliance: Transforming our School Meals Program – UC CalFresh, Youth Food Alliance

Round Table Discussions

Grand Ballroom ABC: Friday, June 2 @ 8:00 – 9:05 AM

  • Healthy Retail Recognition Programs: Healthy retail recognition programs improve healthy food access in low-resource neighborhoods by pairing retailers’ voluntary healthy changes with technical assistance and incentives. We will discuss effective engagement strategies, partnerships to maximize funding and impact, and policy strategies.
  • Recruiting and Engaging Young People in Solution Building: Childhood Obesity cannot be defeated without involving those most affected by it. Providing youth with the chance to engage in issues that affect their communities, results in tangible community change. But, where do you start? How do you engage young people and keep them engaged? Join CWN and engaged young people to discuss.

Twitter Chat

Inspiring Youth as Change Agents

  • Friday June 2 @ 9:30 AM
  • Join the Center for Wellness and Nutrition for a Twitter chat discussing the topic of engaging youth in community change efforts to build healthier communities. From access to healthy foods and chronic disease prevention to social justice issues, youth are extremely effective in advocating for solutions to the public health challenges we are combatting. Join us as we discuss ways youth have been engaged, why they are vital partners, and highlight amazing successes of youth initiatives. Follow us @phi_wellness and use the hashtag #CWNinspiringYouth to join the conversation.