ORLANDO, Fla. -- A special session at the 2013
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in
Orlando will highlight innovative, successful ways pediatricians are working to
prevent and treat childhood obesity.
The session, from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the
Orange County Convention Center, is hosted by the AAP Institute for Healthy
Childhood Weight, which was founded in 2012 to lead the academy’s efforts in
providing pediatricians, families and communities with evidence-based resources
to help prevent and treat childhood obesity.
Friday’s session will showcase work being done by AAP
chapters and member pediatricians to prevent and treat childhood obesity. After
a competitive abstract submission process, six abstracts were chosen for oral
presentation and 17 were accepted as posters.
“We are excited to provide this venue to elevate the
great work of our members and chapters,” said Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, chair
of the Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight advisory board. “Our hope is to
think critically about these innovations and identify where we as the Institute
for Healthy Childhood Weight of the American Academy of Pediatrics can try to
spread the innovation more broadly.”
Poster presentations begin at 8 a.m., and will focus
on innovative approaches to obesity prevention, assessment and treatment that
have promising or proven results. Poster abstracts are available at https://aap.confex.com/aap/2013/webprogram/Session1947.html
At 9 a.m., researchers will present abstracts on
primary care interventions to childhood obesity, followed by abstracts on state
and national approaches. A full list of speakers and the text of abstracts
selected for oral presentations are available at https://aap.confex.com/aap/2013/webprogram/Session1946.html
The abstracts are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday,
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary
care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical
specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants,
children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.