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International Expert in Childhood Obesity Prevention to Headline December 2nd Building a Culture of Health Conference

November 10, 2015 | Community News, Press Release, Statewide

Hassink photoDr. Sandra G. Hassink, President, American Academy of Pediatrics, will be the keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Building a Culture of Health in NJ Conference on Wednesday, December 2 at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. She will speak on the social determinants of health and civil rights pertaining to food access and physical activity.

Dr. Hassink has focused her career on preventing and treating childhood obesity. She is a pediatrician at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (AIDHC) in Wilmington, Del., where she founded the weight management program in 1988 and serves as director of the Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative. She is co-principal investigator for the Healthy Active Living for Families project, which promotes active healthy living for parents and families of young children.

Participants at this year’s conference also will be able to choose among six workshops focused on topics related to improving the health of NJ communities.

“The conference is about leveraging partnerships and identifying collective solutions in the effort to prioritize and build healthy communities,” said Darrin Anderson, deputy director of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK). “This is an opportunity to learn from the doers who will be sharing emerging research, best practices and other community-based policies and strategies they are using to elevate awareness and positively impact the health of our communities.”

Sponsors of the conference include NJPHK, the YMCA, New Jersey Department of Health, Shaping NJ, Get Moving-Get Healthy New Jersey, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter.

Conference hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For questions or to register, click here: or contact Dalynn Knigge at 848-932-7315 or

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