Healthcare providers can learn about preventing childhood obesity

Tue April 28, 2015

Healthcare providers are invited to learn more about preventing and treating childhood obesity on May 15 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Lindner Conference Center in Lombard. 
 
"Strategies for Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Control" Summit is free and is intended for healthcare professionals who work with children. Continuing Medical Education credits are available. Registration is at 7 a.m. with the program from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a local Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Healthcare providers, particularly physicians and their staff members, will learn more about how to treat and prevent childhood obesity. Specifically, providers will learn about local Body Mass Index and blood pressure data findings and trends, the expert committee recommendations on childhood obesity care, and obesity-related topics including elevated blood pressure, diabetes, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, and local hospital changes to food and beverage offerings. Local clinical and community resources for the treatment of obesity will be on hand to explain their programs and answer questions.
 
Presenters includes:

  • VINCENT BUFALINO, MD

Senior Vice President, Advocate Heart Institute

  • DAVID DUNGAN, MD

Pediatrician and Internist, DuPage Medical Group

  • LAURA LEVIN, DO

Pediatric Endocrinologist

  • ANN MARCHETTI, MS

Consulting Director, FORWARD

  • GOUTHAM RAO, MD

Vice Chair of Family Medicine, NorthShore/University of Chicago

  • GARRY SIGMAN, MD

Director of Adolescent Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center


The Summit is sponsored by the FORWARD Action Network, which was created to work directly with healthcare providers with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois through a grant from their Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative.

FORWARD is an obesity prevention initiative of the DuPage County Health Department. Call (630) 221-7037 for information. To register for the Summit visit www.dupagehealth.org/events.