Wednesday, March 5 | 3:30 - 4:45 PM
Children spend more time with media than any other activity, except for sleeping. TV shows, advertising, video games, online content and other media all play a role in informing children’s opinions and shaping their health and well-being. Without effective intervention, the health outcome from the media's influence will dramatically impact all children’s futures, resulting in deep social, physical, and economic costs for our society as a whole.
Ellen Ann Wartella, PhD
"Media, Nutrition and Childhood Obesity" | ABSTRACT
Ellen Wartella is the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-thani Professor of Communication and professor of psychology, human development and social policy, and medical social sciences at Northwestern University. She is Director of the Center on Media and Human Development and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. She is a leading scholar of the role of media in children’s development and serves on a variety of national and international boards and committees on children’s issues. She is co-principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants: a three year multi-site grant entitled “Media Characters: the Unhidden Persuaders in Food Marketing to Children (2013-2016)” and a five year multi-site grant entitled “Collaborative Research: Using Educational DVDs to Enhance Young Children’s STEM Education (2013-2018).”
Dr. Wartella currently serves on the Board of the World Summit Foundation and the Public Good Projects. She is a Trustee of Sesame Workshop and serves on the PBS Kids Advisory Board. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. She is a past member of the Board on Children, Youth and Families at the National Academy of Sciences and served on the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine’s Study on Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth (2006); she chaired the Committee on Examination of Front of Pack Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols (2010-2011) at the Institute of Medicine; she was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress on Obesity Research (2010-2012) and the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity (2012-2013). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development and is past president of the International Communication Association.
Dale Kunkel, PhD
University of Arizona
"Should Government Regulate Food Marketing to Children" | ABSTRACT
Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona; spent more than 20 years studying children and media issues; former Congressional Science Fellow and has testified as an expert witness at numerous hearings before the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Federal Communications Commission; his research has examined such topics as children’s educational programming, media and sexual socialization, the effects of televised violence, and most recently the issue of food marketing to children and its contribution to childhood obesity. He was recently named a Fellow of the Morris Udall Center for Public Policy Studies and also received the International Communication Association’s Outstanding Public Policy Research Award in 2007.
Dominique Wakefield, M.A., CPT, CWP
La Sierra University
"Media, Physical Inactivity and Hypokinetic Diseases" | ABSTRACT
Dominque Wakefield is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at La Sierra University, Riverside, California. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute (NWI). In addition to teaching at universities (Andrews University; California State University, Chico; University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University) she has worked as a Fitness and Programs Manager, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach at fitness centers, in the clinical wellness setting and in the cooperate wellness setting since 2001. Dominique is currently working on her ‘PhD in Health’ through the University of Bath, England. Her studies and research center on physical activity, motivation for exercise and behavior change strategies.
Dominique is a passionate, energetic and innovative health and fitness enthusiast and regularly contributes to ‘Life and Health Network’ by writing articles on issues relating to physical fitness. In October 2011, Dominique Wakefield was awarded ‘Top 11 Personal Trainers to Watch in the U.S.' by Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise.