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Plans in Place for 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference


California, here we come!

The childhood obesity movement is set to converge upon Long Beach, Calif., on June 18 for the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, which bills itself as the “largest, most influential collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity.”

The three-day event will feature keynote speeches from prominent leaders such as Michael Moss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose new book, Sugar Salt Fat — How the Food Giants Hooked Us, chronicles the food industry’s role in creating the childhood obesity epidemic. The Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity also is scheduled to host a panel discussion on its work to reduce the epidemic, and prominent food advocate Marion Nestle is on tap to deliver the closing plenary at the event.

Eight themed tracks will guide conference-goers to the breakout sessions most relevant to them, including Built Environment, Land Use and Transportation; Community Nutrition and Physical Activity; Food Systems; Marketing to Kids; and School, After School and Summer Programs and Policies.

Online registration remains open through June 7. Conference fees are $400 for the entire conference or $190 for a one-day pass.

As of last week, conference rates were still available at many hotels located near the Long Beach Convention Center, where the conference is scheduled to be held. Visit the conference website for more information.