University of Kansas Center for Physical Activity & Weight Management

14th Annual Obesity Conference


Friday, September 11, 2015—On-site registration will be available.
University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita Campus, 1010 N. Kansas St., Wichita, KS 67214

Sponsored by the University of Kansas Center for Physical Activity & Weight Management and University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development

Course Director

Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM, Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.


This conference’s goals are to provide healthcare professionals and educators with the most current evidence-based information targeting nutrition, physical activity, and behavior changes. Obesity is directly associated with heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder diseases and gallstones, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, asthma, and other diseases. It is also associated with poor self-image, poorer performance in school and a variety of psychosocial impairments. Therefore, researchers, educators, government agencies, foundations, industry and others are promoting efforts to prevent and treat obesity at the individual and community levels.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for all healthcare professionals and agencies who have contact with and influence on at-risk populations, including physicians, physician assistants, public health professionals, nurses, advance practice nurses, community health specialists, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists, health educators, exercise science and fitness professionals, emergency medical care providers, youth leaders, physical therapists, educators, teachers, principals, superintendents, board of education members, parents, and policy makers who have contact with and influence on education.


At the completion of the 14th Annual Obesity Conference, participants should be able to:

  • Review the impact of population health on the family and home food environment;
  • Review the impact of fasting on obesity;
  • Examine how neuroscience correlates to obesity;
  • Discuss the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity;
  • Discuss the technologies impact on weight management;
  • Discuss the measurement of physical activity behavior.

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