Technology and Childhood Obesity: The Good, the Bad, and the Possible
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2013
MIT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES COMPLEX
3RD FLOOR, MEZZANINE LOUNGE, ROOM W20-307
77 MASSACHUSETTS AVE
CAMBRIDGE MA 02139
Featured Keynote Speakers:
Screen Proliferation and the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Connections, Projections, and Solutions Ahead
Dr. Michael Rich, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of the Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical at School; Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health
Selling Junk Food to Kids in the Digital Age
Cara Wilking, J.D.
Senior Staff Attorney at Public Health Advocacy Institute
- How to control technology
- Technology for obesity research
- Social media and social marketing
*Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:00 am. Lunch will be provided during the concurrent workshops.
*Parking will be available at 252 Albany Street Parking Lot at no charge.
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The recent launch of First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Partnership for a Healthier America’s “Drink Up” campaign has made H2O a focus of national conversation.
Water access and consumption is one of HPRC’s five identified key targets for obesity prevention. From the national down to the local level, we have plenty of resources to contribute to the discussion:
Out of School Time Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP) Resources:
NOPREN Water Access Working Group
The Water Access working group focuses on policies and economic issues regarding free and safe water access.
Cradock AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker G. Getting Back on Tap: The Policy Context and Cost of Ensuring Access to Low-Cost Drinking Water in Massachusetts Schools. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3 Suppl 2):S95-101.
Giles CM, Kenney EL, Gortmaker SL, Lee RM, Thayer JC, Mont-Ferguson H, Cradock AL. Increasing Water Availability During Afterschool Snack: Evidence, Strategies, and Partnerships from a Group Randomized Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3 Suppl 2):S136-42.
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