Successful strategies for combating childhood obesity to be discussed at symposium

WHAT: Childhood obesity experts discuss how to tackle the problem within communities at the 2010 Pediatric Obesity Symposium. The gathering is designed for health care providers, nurses, community leaders and others interested in knowing what strategies have proven effective in addressing obesity in children.
Event co-sponsors include two institutes at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio:
• The Institute for Health Promotion Research, which seeks causes and solutions to the unequal impact of chronic diseases affecting residents of San Antonio, South Texas and the nation.
• The Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science, which seeks to remove barriers to research and transform basic science knowledge into improved health care.

WHEN: Saturday, May 8, from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: In New Braunfels, at the McKenna Events Center (801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, 78130)

WHO: Two faculty members from the Institute for Health Promotion Research are among the speakers:
• Deborah Parra-Medina, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, who studies health disparities in underserved communities and creates behavioral interventions to address disparities in cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.
• Cynthia Mojica, Ph.D., M.P.H., research instructor in epidemiology and biostatistics, whose research efforts have focused on cancer education and outreach, including methods to increase cancer screening rates.

NOTES: Registration fees are $25 for physicians and $10 for nurses and others. The fees will be used for course materials, continuing medical or nursing education credits, breakfast and lunch.
A complete agenda can be found at

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