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Cabrini and West Chester Partner to Present Third Child Health Forum on Childhood Obesity and Hunger

Posted on 1/23/2019 1:17:10 PM

On Feb. 22, Cabrini’s School of Natural Sciences and Allied Health, in partnership with the College of Health Sciences of West Chester University, will host a one-day interactive symposium focusing on the relationship between childhood obesity and access to healthy food.

From 8am to 4pm at West Chester University, Convergence of Childhood Obesity and Hunger: Taking Action—the third in a series, following symposiums offered in 2015 and 2017 at Cabrini University—will attempt to uncover how various sectors—businesses, health care, and government—intersect on food access in schools and in communities. The symposium, supported in part by the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation, includes a keynote speaker panel, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and a healthy breakfast and lunch. It is ideal for professionals and students in nursing, public health, health administration, social work, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, and physician assistant programs. 

“The goal of this symposium series, created in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Hassink, is to create dialogue and collaboration between those working in childhood obesity and those working in hunger,” said symposium series co-founder Maria Elena Hallion, PhD. “Our hope is that this symposium encourages professionals and undergraduate and graduate students from diverse fields of study to appreciate and consider the relationship between childhood obesity and hunger.”

Presenters include:

  • Atif Bostic, Executive Director, Uplift Solutions, presenting “The American Crisis of Access to Fresh and Healthy Food”
  • Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, presenting "Nutrition: Social Justice and Population Health"
  • Christine Meléndez Ashley, Deputy Director, Bread for the World, presenting “Investing in our Children’s Future: Why Policy and Advocacy Matter”
  • Maiken Scott, WHYY Host and Creative Director of The Pulse, panel moderator

Registration is $40, $20 for students; day-of registration and breakfast will begin at 8am.

For more information or to register, please visit the Child Health Forum web page or contact Hallion at 610.902.8388 or mehallion@cabrini.edu.