Guest Speaker: Helena Duch, on The Role of the Home and Caregiving Environment in Early Childhood Obesity

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Dr. Duch’s research focuses on early childhood determinants of long-term health and the evaluation of parent, and classroom-based interventions that address developmental and health disparities, primarily in Latino children. 

This presentation will focus on modifiable correlates to obesity in the home and the parent-child relationship in early life. Particularly, Dr. Duch will review the research on self-regulation, attachment and the home cognitive environment during the toddler/ preschool years and their association with child overweight and obesity, using data from large, nationally representative samples. In addition, she will describe the implementation of a parent-child physical activity intervention with Early Head Start families in Washington Heights and the innovative use of physical activity measurement tools with this population.

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The Minority Health Forum: A Citywide Assessment of Obesity in Minority Populations

FPOP and other student groups at Columbia came together to plan this major event, gathering experts to discuss the problem of obesity in minority groups in New York City. The forum featured keynote speaker, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and a panel discussion with Cathy Nonas, Olajide Williams, and Michael Hernandez, moderated by April Velasco. Read more about it here.

Changing Policy to Improve the Food Environment

Kristen Mancinelli, City Harvest

As en expert in food policy and advocacy, Kristen spoke to us about the process of influencing lawmakers to change policy. She shared with us her first-hand experience in building the NYC Alliance for Child Nutrition Reauthorization: gathering stakeholders, priority setting, messaging to public and policymakers, maintaining momentum, and effectively changing legislation.

CookShop Volunteer Training

A group of FPOP students attended training to become volunteers for CookShop, the Food Bank For New York City’s federally-funded nutrition education program which gives low-income children, teens and adults the knowledge and tools to adopt and enjoy a healthy diet on a limited budget. With hands-on workshops reaching approximately 30,000 New Yorkers across the five boroughs, CookShop teaches cooking skills and nutrition information and fosters enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.

Super-Sized World: The Global Obesity Epidemic

In collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences

According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion adults worldwide are overweight and nearly 300 million are clinically obese. Obesity is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and certain forms of cancer. Once thought to be a problem affecting only industrialized, developed countries, obesity and obesity-related diseases are increasingly prevalent in the developing world.

This conference will convene leading obesity researchers to explore the latest science and policy initiatives for this health crisis both globally and here in the United States.

The Role of Chefs in The Food Fight


Chef Bill Telepan, Wellness in the Schools

In addition to his full-time commitment to his acclaimed eponymous restaurant, Chef Bill Telepan has become a leader in the grassroots movement to improve the quality of food in schools. Chef Telepan spoke with us about his work with Wellness in the Schools and the role chefs and the food community can play in improving the eating habits of Americans.

Perspectives on the Soda Tax

Dr. Claire Wang, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Claire Wang, M.D., discussed food and beverage taxes in light of her recent research on soda taxes. Dr. Wang focuses on research using mathematical models to integrate epidemiology and demography to inform policy-making in population health.