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Louisiana Advocates Address Children's Health

by Krystle R. on Monday, November 4, 2013

On Wednesday, October 30, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, hosted the sixth annual childhood obesity and public health conference titled “Optimal Clinical Management & Treatment of Childhood Obesity & Translation to the Public Health Context”.

The objective of the conference was to allow participants to integrate the latest research on the clinical treatment of childhood obesity and understand how the clinical treatment and management of pediatric obesity can be integrated into public health approaches.

Public health professionals from across the state attended to hear from the speakers below:

  • Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, Associate Executive Director for Population Science, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Timothy Lobstein, PhD, Director of Policy and Programs, International Obesity Task Force and International Association for the Study of Obesity
  • Sarah Barlow, MD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas
  • Daniel Hsia, MD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Leanne Redman, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Caren “Sam” Pourciau, RNC, MBA, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Unit-Bureau of Primary Care & Rural Health, Office of Public Health, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
  • Christy Reeves, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

According to the American Heart Association, today about 1 in 3 American kids and teens are overweight or obese.  Obese children have higher risks of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated cholesterol level and are also more prone to lower self-esteem, negative body image and depression.

With Louisiana having the highest obesity rate in the nation, it's important that advocates continue to work together to help our children lead healthier, longer lives.  Stay tuned to learn how the American Heart Association will work with partners like Pennington Biomedical Research Center on obesity issues in the future!

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