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New Jersey Obesity Prevention Conference Slated for December 11, 2012: Registration Now Open

August 23, 2012 | Community News


2011 Conference Attendees: L-R Monica Vinluan, Janet Heroux, Bill Lovett, Juliet McGuinnes

Registration is now open for the Obesity Prevention in New Jersey Conference, scheduled for December 11, 2012 at the Hilton in East Brunswick.  The conference theme is “The State of the State: Important Next Steps,” and will feature special guest speakers, as well as breakout sessions focused on various topics related to obesity prevention.

Dr. Terry T-K Huang, Senior Advisor for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Obesity Research Task Force will serve as the keynote speaker for the morning events.  In addition to his role at NIH, Dr. Huang serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He has conducted a great deal of research in the areas of pediatric obesity, metabolic syndrome, fetal and early childhood nutrition, and risks for obesity and chronic diseases. 

Dr. Marlene Schwartz, Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, will address the group during the afternoon session and will discuss “Community Level Change to Improve the Nutrition Environment for Children.”  Her research is focused on how home environments, communities, and school landscapes shape the eating attitudes and behaviors of children.

Health educators, teachers, health care providers, school nurses, food service providers, PE teachers, dietitians and parents are invited to come and participate in this one-day educational event.  Continuing education credits may be available for dietitians, teachers/school personnel, AAFCS members, and public health professionals.

The registration fee for the conference is $45 per person.  For more information and to register, call 732-932-9271 or visit:

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