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Pennington Biomedical to Host 2016 Childhood Obesity and Public Health Conference

Released: Thursday, September 15, 2016

The 9th annual childhood obesity and public health conference - Preventing Obesity in the Early Years: Translating Evidence into Action - will be held at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

Given the recent evidence that risk for obesity begins early in life, the topic of this year's conference is on the environmental, dietary, and physical activity factors that influence young children's risk of developing obesity, and on the evidence-based public health strategies to address the problem. A unique focus of the conference this year is on Louisiana-specific data and solutions to address childhood obesity among preschool-aged children.

Learning Objectives

Participants at this conference will be able to:

Who Should Attend?

This conference is designed for professionals engaged in public health efforts, including: physicians, nutritionists, physical activity specialists, registered dietitians, nurses, health educators, psychologists, counselors, healthcare policy makers, researchers, media, business and civic leaders, parks and recreation personnel, and early childhood and school-age educators and decision-makers. CEU/CME credits will not be provided at this conference. Pennington Biomedical is not an accredited CEU/CME provider.

How Can I Register?

To register or learn more, please visit:


About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit