EVENT SCHEDULE

(Subject to Change)

2014 SEC SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
Welcome and Keynote Address, Sunday, September 21, 2014 (International Ballroom)
The first hour of the 2014 SEC Symposium will include welcome comments from Southeastern Conference administrators and a keynote address from Nancy Brown of the American Heart Association.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Welcome Comments

  • Ms. Torie A. Johnson, Executive Director, SECU
  • Dr. G. David Gearhart, Chancellor, University of Arkansas (SEC Vice President)

Keynote:

Session One - Genetic Influences on Weight Status (International Ballroom)
Our understanding of genetics has become a cornerstone of obesity research and efforts to prevent weight gain. The develo p.m.ent of technologies that allow for the large scale detection of gene variants and genome-wide association studies has both enhanced the understanding of genetic predisposition for weight gain and emphasized the relationship between genetics and environment.

2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Sunday September 21, 2014

Session Moderator: Dr. Lisa Cassis, University of Kentucky

Session Two – Physiology of Obesity Prevention (International Ballroom)
This session will include lectures on various physiological issues that relate to obesity prevention. This is a complex topic, and the speakers are experts in relevant areas related to the physiology of prevention. They will discuss, among other topics, diet, exercise and sleep impacts.

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday September 21, 2014

Session Moderator: Dr. Roger Cone, Vanderbilt University

Keynote Address, Monday, September 22, 2014 (International Ballroom)
The second day of the 2014 SEC Symposium will begin with a keynote address from Dr. Mike Lauer of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Keynote:

Session Three – Early Life Influences on Weight Status (International Ballroom)
This session will explore influences on gaining unhealthy weight from birth through early childhood. Topics will cover the importance of healthy weight gain during pregnancy, infant feeding practices, challenges to behavior change when transitioning from pregnancy to postpartum, and pro-inflammatory and metabolic bio-markers associations to the develo p.m.ent of obesity.

9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Monday September 22, 2014

Session Moderator: Dr. Leann Birch, University of Georgia


Breakout Session I (Atlanta Conference Center)
The first breakout session will provide opportunities for attendees to have deeper discussion with presenters from the Genetic Influences on Weight Status; Physiology of Obesity Prevention; and Early Life Influences on Weight Status sessions.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Monday September 22, 2014

  • Genetic Influences on Weight Status (Spring)
    Session Leader: Dr. Frank Booth, University of Missouri
  • Physiology of Obesity Prevention (Piedmont)
    Session Leader: Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, Louisiana State University
  • Early Life Influences on Weight Status (Techwood)
    Session Leader: Dr. Bonnie Sanderson, Auburn University

Session Four – Family, School and Community-based Interventions that Target Obesity in Children (International Ballroom)
This session highlights effective family, school and community-based approaches to preventing and treating obesity in youth. Presenters will discuss school-based policies, and community based-weight loss programs. They will also highlight existing local and national programs of significance.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday September 22, 2014

Session Moderator: Dr. Leah Robinson, Auburn University


Session Five – Workplace Strategies for Obesity Prevention (International Ballroom)
Workplace wellness programs have evolved and are better equipped with innovative strategies to address obesity and related comorbidities among the workforce. Presenters will discuss key strategies to prevent obesity, as well as challenges and successes in improving employee health.

3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Monday September 22, 2014

Session Moderator: Dr. Joe Sharkey, Texas A&M University


Breakout Session II (Atlanta Conference Center)
The second breakout session will provide opportunities for attendees to have deeper discussion with presenters from the Family, School and Community-based Interventions that Target Obesity in Children; and the Workplace Strategies for Obesity Prevention sessions.

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday September 22, 2014

  • Family, School and Community-Based Interventions that Target Obesity in Children (Spring)
    Session Leader: Dr. Kathy Knight, University of Mississippi
  • Workplace Strategies for Obesity Prevention (Piedmont)
    Session Leader: Dr. Hollie Raynor, University of Tennessee

Session Six – Technology and Media Based Approaches for Obesity Prevention (International Ballroom)
New technologies and media allow for the widespread dissemination and scalability of obesity prevention strategies. The presentations in this session cover a wide variety of media- and technology-based strategies for obesity prevention, including text messaging, mobile phone apps, student journalism, and cable television.

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday September 23, 2014

Session Moderator: Dr. Sylvia Byrd, Mississippi State University


Session Seven – Environmental Influences on Weight Status and Weight-Related Behaviors (International Ballroom)
Presenters in this session will discuss the role of the built environment on physical activity in the South, methodological approaches to understanding person-environment interactions relative to weight-related behaviors, how the food environment influences dietary behaviors, and the contribution of parks to population-level physical activity and health.

9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Tuesday September 23, 2014

Session Moderator: Dr. Rodolfo Nayga, University of Arkansas


Session Eight – Community Actions to Promote Energy Balance (International Ballroom)
Social and physical features of communities influence energy balance of residents. Understanding these influences and taking effective actions in communities to promote energy balance requires integrated, multidisciplinary, and systems thinking. This session presents four innovative projects that provide important learnings about how to design and research effective community actions.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday September 23, 2014

Session Moderator: Dr. Michael Perri, University of Florida


Breakout Session III (Atlanta Conference Center) / Working Lunch
The final breakout session will provide opportunities for attendees to have deeper discussion with presenters from the Technology and Media Based Approaches for Obesity Prevention; Environmental Influences on Weight Status and Weight-Related Behaviors; and Community Actions to Promote Energy Balance sessions.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday September 23, 2014

  • Technology and Media Based Approaches for Obesity Prevention (Spring)
    Session Leader: Dr. Delia West, University of South Carolina
  • Enviornmental Influences on Weight Status and Weight-Related Behaviors (Piedmont)
    Session Leader: Dr. Mary Ann Johnson, University of Georgia
  • Community Actions to Promote Energy Balance (Techwood)
    Session Leader: Dr. John Higginbotham, University of Alabama

Closing and Awards
The 2014 SEC Symposium will conclude with comments from SEC administrators and Dr. Russ Pate, Professor in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. There will also be a brief awards ceremony for the poster exhibition and the Excellence in Student Attendance Award.

2:30 p.m.
Tuesday September 23, 2014

Poster Exhibition Awards
Excellence in Student Attendance Award
Closing Comments

  • Dr. Russ Pate, Director, Children’s Physical Activity Research Group (Chair), USC
  • Ms. Torie A. Johnson, Executive Director, SECU