The events produced by Slow Food SF are a collection of educational and fundraising events aimed to increase awareness, build community and spread the word and joy of conscious eating in the Bay Area.

Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference 2015


Friday, March 06, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015


UCSF Medical Center
500 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA


Early Bird: $220 General Admission: $250 Student and Food Activists under 30: $180

Building Our Community,
Empowering Our Children

This year, we are offering Early Bird prices through December 1st, 2014. Be sure to register early to take advantage of this great deal. Funds raised will support Slow Food San Francisco’s Youth Food Education program.

Based on feedback from last year’s conference, we are excited to expand COBA into a two-day conference to include a comprehensive array of content and more time for attendees to connect and collaborate. In addition to six keynote addresses, panel discussions, break-out sessions, a poster session, and a slam poetry performance, COBA 2015 will feature more opportunities in the spirit of Slow Food, such as tastings from sustainable wineries at Friday night’s reception, an optional garden tour, and small group dinners.

By bringing together the newest research, best practices, and local heroes in one place,  we hope to highlight the strength of vibrant professional communities working together to educate each other on the causes and solutions to childhood obesity so we can better serve and empower our youth.

COBA 2015 Keynote Speakers Include: 

Daphne Miller, M.D., Author of Farmacology and The Jungle Effect

Christopher Gardner, Ph.D., Professor at Stanford Prevention Research Center

Hilary Seligman, M.D., Researcher and Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco

Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Director of UCSF’s Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment and Professor of Psychology at UC San Francisco 

Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS, Research Physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Research Institute and Family Physician.

Panel Topics Include: 

Understanding Food Deserts and Food Swamps

Collaboration Within the School Food Movement

Offering Effective Lifestyle Advice in the Clinic Setting

Lessons from the California and San Francisco Soda Tax Campaigns

Pre- and Post-Natal Health and Childhood Obesity Risk

Increasing Physical Activity for Children


Breakout Session Topics Include:

Sugar Addiction and Retraining Taste Buds

National Child Nutrition Act Re-Authorization

Poverty and Childhood Obesity, A Youth Led Discussion

Drawing Links Between Antibiotic Use and Obesity


We are incredibly grateful to our new and returning sponsors this year who make this conference possible, including UCSFSan FranolaThe Fruit GuysGimMe Snacks, and Summer Kitchen Bake Shop.


COBA is an annual conference that brings together local stakeholders in childhood obesity prevention to promote innovation and provide insight into work being done on this critical issue.

For questions regarding participation, please contact Laura O’Donohue at or Priya Fielding-Singh at

Thank you to the COBA Conference Planning Committee:

Daniela Aceves, Jillian Graham, Kai Paine, Natalie Funai, Emma Hare, and Grace Treffinger



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