Wednesday, March 5 | 9:25 - 10:40 AM
The food environment can be conceptualized as overlapping interactive domains that uniquely contribute influence for shaping child dietary behavior.
The food environment can be conceptualized as overlapping interactive domains composed of built and natural, sociocultural, political and economic, micro-level and macro-level environments. Each type and level of environment uniquely contributes influence through a mosaic of determinants depicting the food environment as a major setting for shaping child dietary behavior. Health is a multi-factorial state, with the food environment representing a substantial part of the full environmental context in which a child grows, develops, eats, and behaves. This symposium includes the home, school and community food environment's influence on health, with the aim of presenting an ecologically informed model for future research and intervention of the food environment.
Warren Peters, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Center for Health Promotion
"The Addiction Model for Childhood Obesity" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Warren Peters is an associate professor in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University. He has served as the Administrator and Medical Director for the Center for Health Promotion where he also provides primary and preventive medicine care for patients while providing clinical instruction to students and residents within the Loma Linda University system. His research interest is the mechanisms of obesity, specifically related to the neurochemistry and treatment of food addiction.
Trisha Hardy, MPH RD
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
"Improving Nutrition Environment for High Risk Populations Through a Comprehensive Childhood Obesity Initiative" | ABSTRACT
As Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Trisha Hardy is responsible for leading programs, solutions and partnerships related to Strong4Life, the Children Healthcare of Atlanta statewide movement to address childhood obesity and its related diseases. Hardy leads a dynamic team of dietitians, exercise physiologists, health educators, evaluation specialists and more.
Her team successfully creates and implements numerous evidence-based programs in Atlanta and communities statewide, reaching more than 300,000 families through healthcare providers, community events, camps, schools, and early childcare centers, just to name a few. Hardy and team members often serve as local experts in media stories about childhood obesity, nutrition, and physical activity.
Robin Taylor Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Penn State University
"Biomarkers of the Food Environment: The Case of Vitamin D" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Wilson is Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Iowa, completed a pre-doctoral fellowship with the Indian Health Service’s National Epidemiology Program, and post-doctoral fellowships with the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Research Program and the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch within the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.
At the College of Medicine, she is course director for Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (PHS 552), co-director for Principles of Epidemiology (PHS 550), faculty advisor for the student Public Health Association for Service and Education (PHASE), advisory board member for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and Chair of the Practicum and Service Committee for the Master of Public Health program. Dr. Wilson has served as a member of the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition and the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology.
Dr. Wilson is the Immediate Past Chair of the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association, the oldest and one of the largest professional organizations of epidemiologists in the United States. She was voted Outstanding Mentor by the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Class of 2008 and received the Inaugural Dean’s Diversity Champion Award for the College of Medicine in 2012. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Institute for Cancer Research, focuses on health disparities and cancer risk, with a particular focus on vitamin D metabolism.