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Systems and Obesity: Advances and Innovations for Equitable Health and Well-Being: A Workshop

Project Scope:

Ad hoc planning committees will plan a series of 2-3 workshops that will feature invited presentations and discussions to explore strategies for sustainable systems-wide changes to reduce the prevalence of obesity. Building on previous work on systems science approaches, health equity, and effective health communications, the workshops will examine the connections between drivers and solutions of obesity that have potential for lasting systems change, including effective health communications, structural racism, and biased mental models and social norms. The workshop series will also explore the ways to leverage these connections and their impact on other obesity drivers and solutions across multiple levels and sectors of society.

Using diverse examples from across the public health field, workshop presentations could explore how these drivers interact with critical public health issues (e.g., COVID-19) to synergistically enhance obesity solutions. Workshop discussions will cover promising approaches, gaps in the evidence base, and the challenges and opportunities for long-term, systems-wide strategies needed to reduce the prevalence of obesity.

A proceedings-in-brief of the discussions for each workshop in the series and a full proceedings summarizing all presentations will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Status: Completed

PIN: HMD-FNB-21-06

RSO: Cook, Heather D.


Food and Nutrition Board


Food and Nutrition
Health and Medicine

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The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions will convene a 1.5 day public virtual workshop on Thursday, October 28 (10:00 am to 2:45 pm ET) and Friday, October 29 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET). This third workshop in the series will explore how to advance strategies for sustainable systems-wide changes that leverage the three drivers (biased mental models/social norms, structural racism, and health communications) introduced in the first two workshops that can inform actionable priorities for individuals, organizations, and policymakers to reduce both incidence and prevalence of obesity. The October 29 workshop session will focus on patient-provider communications around obesity treatment and solutions.

This workshop was organized by the following planning committee:

  • Angela M. Odoms-Young, Cornell University (co-chair)
  • Nico P. Pronk, HealthPartners Institute (co-chair)
  • Jamy D. Ard, Wake Forest School of Medicine 
  • Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Rutgers University 
  • Carlos J. Crespo, Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health 
  • Stephanie A. Navarro Silvera, Montclair State University 
  • Melissa A. Simon, Northwestern University
  • Susan Z. Yanovski, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Registration for in Person Attendance :   

If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Meredith Young
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