Meeting Archive:
Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Management of Childhood Obesity


Meeting Description:
Childhood obesity prevalence rates have steadily risen throughout the last several decades along with many associated proposed solutions at every level from the family circle to the national arena. In this webinar Innovative Approaches to Prevention and Management of Pediatric Obesity: Physiopathological Basis and Successful Interventions, Dr. Melinda Sothern, PhD, CEP, presents her findings from years of experience studying pediatric obesity as well as evidence of successful and manageable prevention initiatives that can be used to guide both future research and current practice.

Dr. Sothern first describes the unique physiopathological basis of obesity in children and protective factors that give some kids an advantage in managing weight as they grow. She highlights the importance of the health of the mother during pregnancy, stable metabolic health through childhood, and social factors surrounding the child that aid in maintaining normal energy levels and weight. Building from an array of scientific evidence, Dr. Sothern presents interdisciplinary approaches to prevention and management while identifying potential future targets of high-quality multilevel programming, such as women of childbearing age, clinicians, and preschoolers. The webinar concludes with evidence-based strategies for including more nutrition and physical activity into family activities, including the implementation of family routines and parental role modeling.

Webinar attendees will be able to understand the development of childhood obesity from a pathological perspective, be able to identify targets for intervention, and receive practical guidelines for prevention and management of childhood obesity from the family home.

Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Time: 01:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): American Public Health Association, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, Tulane Prevention Research Center


•  Recording
 Presenter Information
Dr. Melinda Sothern, PhD, CEP
Speaker Photo

Professor, Louisiana State University School of Public Health and School of Medicine
Dr. Melinda Sothern is a licensed clinical exercise physiologist and a tenured Professor and Jim Finks Endowed Chair in Health
Promotion in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Program, Schools of Public Health and Medicine at the Louisiana
State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana.