University of Kansas Center for Physical Activity & Weight Management

13th Annual Obesity Conference


August 8–9, 2014
University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS | Map

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 health care professionals and educators 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 representatives and others are promoting efforts to prevent and treat obesity at the individual and community levels.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for all health care professionals and agencies who have contact with and influence on at-risk populations including physicians, physician assistants, public health professionals, nurses, advanced practice nurses, community health specialists, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists, health educators, exercise science and fitness professionals, emergency medical care providers, youth leaders, physical therapists, occupational 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 13th Annual Obesity Conference, participants should be able to:

  • Review the impact of nutrition literacy and food insecurity on/with patients;
  • Review the impact of obesity on sleep and pregnancy;
  • Examine how neurology correlates to obesity, energy intake and physical activity;
  • Discuss the various technology applications in the management of a healthier lifestyle;
  • Discuss the positive impact of addressing all conditions that impact the “whole” individual;
  • Discuss the importance of all elements of treating obesity in a clinic setting or program.

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