Slow Food San Francisco invites you to the Third Annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference. This Conference brings together local stakeholders in childhood obesity prevention to promote innovation and provide insight into work being done on this critical issue.
Participants will walk away with a more comprehensive understanding of childhood obesity and knowledge of the challenges impacting different fields and individuals. The place-based approach of the COBA Conference allows for meaningful networking and the exchange of effective and local best practices. We hope all attendees walk away better equipped to create successful models for change.
The day’s schedule includes six speakers, breakout sessions, a light breakfast, a locally catered lunch, networking reception, and multiple tabling organizations. Funds raised will support Slow Food San Francisco’s School Garden program. New and returning food sponsors will once again include top healthy food companies from the San Francisco Bay Area such as Bi-Rite Market, San Franola Granola, The Fruit Guys, and Awesome Bars.
Robert Lustig, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF and author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Foods, Obesity and Disease. Dr. Lustig will discuss his research on sugar consumption as the underlying cause of obesity.
Todd Putman, Chief Marketing Officer at Bolthouse Farms and former Vice President of Marketing at Coca Cola. Mr. Putman will discuss the marketing tactics of the food and beverage industry and how we can market healthier food to kids most effectively.
Barbara Abrams, Dr.PH, RD, Professor of Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Public Health Nutrition at UC Berkeley will discuss the inter-relationships between early life adversity, pregnancy weight, and postnatal risk of childhood obesity and diabetes.
Gina Fromer, District Vice President of the YMCA of San Francisco, and Executive Director of Bayview-Hunters Point YMCA. Ms. Fromer will discuss her work on health equity and increasing access to phsycial activity opportunities for youth.
Laurel Mellin, Ph.D, RD, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF and Founder of Emotional Brain Training. Dr. Mellin will discuss the psychological and emotional components of childhood obesity and how to best incorporate them into prevention and reversal programs.
Please contact Laura O’Donohue at laura [at] slowfoodsanfrancisco [dot] com with any questions.
General Admission: $80 Student/Food Activist under 30: $60