Friday, January 20, 2012

Improving Children's Health Through Federal Collaboration - Obesity Prevention

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, is hosting a webinar entitled "Improving Children's Health Through Federal Collaboration - Obesity Prevention" on:

 Thursday, February 9, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM MST).

To Register Visit:

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. This session will highlight Let's Move!, the First Lady's initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, as well as several other initiatives across federal agencies.

Webinar Agenda:  (All times MST)

2:00 PM to 2:05 PM - Welcome and Introductions
Alicia Aalto, Children's Environmental Health Coordinator, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8
Cherri Pruitt, Maternal and Child Health Regional Consultant, US Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII

2:05 PM to 2:15 PM - The Childhood Obesity Epidemic and Let's Move!
CAPT Zachary Taylor, M.D., M.S., Regional Health Administrator, Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2:15 PM to 2:20 PM - Environment and Obesity: Looking for Links
Alicia Aalto, Children's Environmental Health Coordinator, US EPA Region 8

2:20 PM to 2:25 PM - Let's Move Childcare
Anne Keire, Child Care Specialist Office of Child Care, DHHS Administration for Children and Families

2:25 PM to 2:30 PM - Let's Move in Indian Country
Keith O. Moore, Director, Bureau of Indian Education, U.S. Department of the Interior

2:30 PM to 2:35 PM - I am Moving, I am Learning
John Thomas, Early Childhood Program Specialist, Region VIII Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families

2:35 PM to 2:40 PM - HRSA's Healthy Weight Collaborative
Emma Smizik, Project Manager, National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality

2:40 PM to 2:45 PM - Obesity Prevention in Community Health Centers
Matt Burke, Senior Clinical Advisor, Office of Quality and Data, Bureau
of Primary Health Care, DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration

2:45 PM to 2:55 PM - CDC Childhood Obesity Initiatives
Captain Heidi Blanck, Chief, Obesity Prevention and Control Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2:55 PM to 3:05 PM - USDA Childhood Obesity Initiatives
David VonBehren, Public Affairs Director, US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Mountain Plains Regional Office

3:05 PM to 3:15 PM - FDA Childhood Obesity Initiatives
Devin Koontz, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Drug Administration

3:15 PM to 3:25 PM - Answers to Questions Posted by Webinar Attendees
Facilitator: Cherri Pruitt

3:25 PM to 3:30 PM - Events/Initiatives/Updates/Opportunities for Collaboration
Facilitator: Cherri Pruitt

System Requirements

The webinar will use ADOBE(r)CONNECT(tm) web conferencing system. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Acrobat Connect are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Test your system for this webinar.

For any questions, contact Cherri Jacobs Pruitt, Maternal and Child Health Regional Consultant, HRSA/MCHB/DSCH, Region VIII at 303-844-7872 or at

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