Center for Public Health Nutrition

Child Care & Obesity Policy Forum

The University of Washington Human Services Policy Center and Center for Obesity Research hosted a forum on child care, childhood obesity, and policy intervention. The forum featured nationally recognized experts on child care and health, nutrition, physical activity, and policy. A link to the agenda is provided below.

The goals of the forum were to provide up-to-date information on the ways child care is linked to obesity in children; present evidence about the importance of addressing obesity early in development; and discuss potential changes in programs and policies that can make it easier for preschool children and their families to be physically active, choose healthy foods, and minimize sedentary behaviors.

The event took place in the Bertha K. Landes Room at Seattle City Hall on Friday, October 26, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Links to the presentation slides are provided below.

Child Care and Obesity Policy Forum Agenda

Support for the forum is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Keynote: Childhood Obesity & the Importance of Early Childhood - Philip R. Nader, MD, University of California, San Diego

Child Care Settings & Children's Obesity - Erin Maher, PhD, University of Washington

Influence of Child Care Feeding Practices on Early Childhood Obesity - Susan L. Johnson, PhD, University of Colorado Presentation Notes

Environmental Risks for Overweight in Preschool Children - Julie C. Lumeng, MD, University of Michigan

Promoting Health & Preventing Disease in Child Care Settings - Kristen A. Copeland, MD, Cincinnati Hospital Children's Medical Center

Movement equals Learning for Preschoolers and Their Families - Donna Johnson, PhD, RD, UW & Patty Kimbrell, MEd, Consultant on Physical Activity for Young Children

Child Care Health Consultation - Adrienne Dorf, MPH, RD, Public Health - Seattle & King County

Healthy Weight at Child Care: The NAP SACC Project - Sara Benjamin, PhD, MPH, Harvard Medical School