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Preventing Childhood Obesity
A Healthy Imperative for Connecticut’s Next Generation

A forum sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Children,
Connecticut Department of Public Health & the Connecticut Childhood Obesity Council

 

Friday, November 7, 2008
Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford


 

Chris Dodd and Kelly BrownellCharles Chatterton and Claire SchonningKevin Washington
 
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Photo Gallery
To view a photo in full size, click on its thumbnail. Photos by Pat Estill.
   
U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd discusses rising childhood obesity rates. Listening are, from left: Mario H. Garcia, M.P.H., public health services manager, Connecticut Department of Public Health; Thomas R. Brooks, J.D., director of policy and research analysis for the Commission on Children; and Kelly Brownell, Ph.D., director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.
   
J. Robert Galvin Dr. J. Robert Galvin, Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health, welcomed everyone to the forum. His agency, the Department of Public Health (DPH), co-hosted the event with the Commission on Children, in collaboration with the Connecticut Childhood Obesity Council.
   
Jeanne Goldberg Jeanne Goldberg, Ph.D., professor of nutrition at the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science & Policy, touted the success of "Shape Up Somerville," a program to improve the health of children in Somerville, Massachusetts.
   
Thomas Merrill Thomas Merrill, general counsel for New York City Health Department, discussed the city's recent enactment of requirements for menu labeling and removal of trans fats from restaurant food.
   
Gina McCarthy Gina McCarthy, Connecticut Commissioner of Environmental Protection, explained how her agency's initiative "No Child Left Inside," encourages Connecticut families and visitors alike to enjoy all the recreational resources and outdoor activities available in Connecticut's state parks, forests and waterways.
   
Alex Geertsma and Kelly Brownell Keynote speaker Kelly Brownell, Ph.D., director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University (at right) with Connecticut Commission on Children Chairman M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., F.A.A.P.
   
Kevin Washington Morning response panel member Kevin Washington, of the YMCA of Greater Hartford.
   
Lucy Nolan Morning response panel member Lucy Nolan, of End Hunger Connecticut.
   
Charles Chatterton Morning response panel member Charles Chatterton, of the Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness.
   
Charles Chatterton and Claire Schonning Morning response panel member Charles Chatterton, of the Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness, listens to fellow panel member Claire Schonning of Ridgefield describe Catch the Drive: A Youth-led Initiative.
   
Claire Schonning and Chris Dodd Claire Schonning describes Catch the Drive, a youth-led initiative that she helped launch in Ridgefield, as Senator Christopher J. Dodd listens.
   
Jennifer McTiernan Morning response panel member Jennifer McTiernan, of the New Haven Food Policy Council.
   
Colleen Thompson and Susan Jackman Colleen Thompson, of the University of Connecticut's Department Of Nutritional Sciences, and Susan Jackman, of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, served on the afternoon breakout panel "The Home Environment/Early Childhood Nutrition."
   
Janine Campisi DiNatale Janine Campisi DiNatale, of Wellness Across America, served on the afternoon breakout panel "The Home Environment/ Early Childhood Nutrition."
   
Monica Belyea Monica Belyea, of the Opportunity Knocks Collaborative, served on the afternoon breakout panel "Fostering Physical Activity."
   
Tim Callahan Tim Callahan, health director for the city of Norwalk, served on the afternoon breakout panel "Fostering Physical Activity."
   
Lizzy Rockwell Children's author Lizzy Rockwell listens to the morning response panel.
   
Dodd with Coleman-Mitchell, Garcia, Brooks, and Estill U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd (center) with (from left): Renée Coleman-Mitchell, M.P.H., division director of the Department of Public Health (DPH); Mario H. Garcia, M.P.H., public health services manager for the DPH; Thomas R. Brooks, J.D., director of policy and research analysis for the Commission on Children; and Patricia Estill, special projects director for the Commission.