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5th Annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference


Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00am - 6:00pm


UCSF Medical Center           500 Parnassus Ave               San Francisco, CA             94143


General Admission: $80 Student/Food Activist Under 30: $60



Slow Food San Francisco’s Annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference is entering it’s 5th year, and we are excited to look back at the progress we have made as a community as well as our goals for the coming years.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers, panels, break out sessions, and plenty of opportunities to connect with colleagues at an optional garden tour, slow food lunch, and reception featuring sustainable wineries and local eateries.


This year’s Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Louise Greenspan is a pediatric endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente, faculty member at UCSF, and co-author of The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today’s Girls. Dr. Greenspan will speak to how our modern environment impacts the hormonal health of children and their risk for obesity.

Dr. Elissa Epel is Director of UCSF’s Center for Obesity Assesment, Study, and Treatment, and Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. Dr. Epel will speak about stress and adversity, obesity, and intergenerational transmission of obesity.

Dr. Richard Jackson is a pediatrician and professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He is co-author of the book and PBS series, Designing Healthy Communities. Dr. Jackson will speak to the impact of the built environment and urban sprawl on childhood health and obesity.


Panel Discussions Include:

Investing in Health: The Business of Childhood Obesity

-Ben Mand, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Innovation at Plum Organics

-Chris Cornyn, Chief Innovation Officer at Revolution Foods

-Thea Runyan, MPH, Co-Founder and Head of Content & Coaching at Kurbo Health


Teens Weigh In: Youth Perspectives from the Bay Area

Berkeley Youth Alternatives

The Bigger Picture – Youth Speaks 

HOPE Collaborative Youth Action Board

-Moderated by Youth Leadership Institute


Collaborative Solutions: Comprehensive Care Teams in Obesity Treatment

Amy L. Beck MD MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital

Pauline Grissom, MS, RD, CSP, Pediatric Nutritionist, Children’s Health Center at SFGH

Sarah Kim, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital


Break Out Sessions Include:

Fructose and Childhood Obesity and Diabetes: Research and Recommendations

-Led by Jean-Marc Schwarz, PhD, Professor at Touro University California and co-author on recent research regarding sugar specific impact on health.

Open Truth: Successful Public Health Campaign and Partnerships

-Led by team Open Truth campaign team

Childhood Obesity in the Special Needs Community

-Led by Emily Dames, M.Ed, of the Prader-Willi California Foundation

Child Self Perceptions and Obesity: Social Status, Weight, and Discrimination

-Led by Miranda Ritterman Weintraub, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Public Health Program at Touro University California


Tabling Organizations Include:

Boys and Girls Club

18 Reasons & Cooking Matters


Girls on the Run

Healthy Planet US

Bay Leaf Kitchen


Thank you to this year’s amazing sponsors: 

Revolution Foods,  Bi-Rite Market,  Philz Coffee,  San Franola Granola,  The Fruit Guys,  Canyon Market,  Gimme Snacks,  US Pure Water,  Justin’s Nut Butter,  Acme Bread Co.,  Rainbow Grocery,  Broc Cellars,  Awesome BarsMendecino Wine Co.,  Farm Hill, and Joe Perry Productions.


Join us for an optional garden tour at Alice Fong Yu Elementary School at 9am before the conference. In the upcoming year they are working to construct an outdoor teaching kitchen to provide “farm-to-fork” cooking lessons, which are aligned with Common Core and California State Science Standards. Learn more about the project and how you can support them here.


We are excited to welcome back The Bigger Picture to share new spoken word poetry PSAs from their campaign encouraging young people to join the conversation about Type 2 Diabetes. The Bigger Picture is a collaboration between Youth Speaks, UCSF, and San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations.


You can read more about COBA on our website. Follow us on TwitterInstagram, and the Slow Food SF and COBA Facebook pages for news and updates. We look forward to seeing you on April 16th, 2016!


Conference Schedule: 

9:30-10am Registration

10-10:10 Introduction

10:10-11:00 Keynote – Louise Greenspan, MD

11:00-11:10 Break

11:15-11:55 Youth Perspectives Panel

12:10-1:00pm Break Out Sessions

1:00-2:00 Lunch [1:45-2:00 The Bigger Picture Spoken Word Performance]

2:00-2:50 Keynote – Richard Jackson, MD

3:00-3:45 Comprehensive Care Team Panel

3:45-4:55 Break

4:00-4:50 Keynote – Elissa Epel, PhD

5:00-5:45 Business of Childhood Obesity Panel

5:45-5:50 Closing statements + Raffle

5:50-7:00 Wine Reception


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