Preventing Childhood Obesity

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Policy and Practice Strategies for North Carolina

May 4, 2011

The 2011 Family Impact Seminar highlighted cost-effective policy and program strategies to combat early childhood obesity in North Carolina. Policy experts and practitioners addressed:

  • The problem of childhood obesity and why it matters for North Carolina.
  • Options for policymakers to address childhood obesity by supporting local farmers.
  • How North Carolina early childhood educators and farmers can partner to combat childhood obesity.

North Carolina Family Impact Seminars (NCFIS) provide annual nonpartisan presentations, discussions, and briefing materials for state policymakers. The seminars feature experts in research, policy, and practice who provide objective, solution-oriented information on timely topics policymakers select.

Featured presenters:

  • Dr. Sara Benjamin Neelon, Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and Duke Global Health Institute
  • Dr. David Gardner, Executive Director, N.C. Center for Health and Wellness, UNC Asheville
  • Emily Jackson, Program Director and Southeast Regional Lead, National Farm to School Network
  • Mary James, Farmer/Owner, Dogwood Nursery Farms
  • Ronnie W. Pepper, Director, Henderson County Head Start centers