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Childhood Obesity Bay Area: Boots on the Ground Conference

07/23/11 | by slowfoodsf | Uncategorized

Children and adolescents in the San Francisco Bay Area have been seriously affected by the childhood obesity epidemic. But we are also incredibly lucky to have a vibrant community of organizations working on food education, physical activity, and health disparities, as well as forward thinking politicians, physicians and educators who work hands on with the issue every day.

Slow Food San Francisco’s first annual “Childhood Obesity Bay Area: Boots on the Ground” conference will be on Saturday, September 24th at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. We have a fantastic line up of speakers, and the all day conference will allow people working in different fields of health and wellness to connect and collaborate on this issue.

The day will include a keynote address from David Kessler, MD., speaker presentations, focused break out sessions, lunch, a slam poetry performance, and a reception. We will also have local organizations, county representatives, and local health based businesses there to exhibit their work.

This conference will highlight local heroes working in the Bay Area to prevent and reverse childhood obesity. By bringing together a multidisciplinary panel, we hope to highlight opportunities that exist to contribute and collaborate.

Our talented speaker list includes:

David Kessler, M.D. – Former commissioner of the FDA, Author of “The End of Overeating”
Chynna Bantug, M.D. – Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente, San Jose
Lena Brook – SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility and SF School Food Coalition
Kyle Cornforth – The Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley
Scott Davidson – Marin Organic School Lunch Gleaning Program
Cindy Gershen – Contra Costa County Wellness City Challenge
Arnell Hinkle – CANFIT (Community, Adolescents, Nutrition, Fitness)
Paula Jones – San Francisco Department of Public Health, Shape up SF
Rebecca Prager – Berkeley Youth Alternatives

Registration is up on our website, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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