Day 1 - Opening Plenary Session

Keynote Speaker: Michael Moss

Michael MossMichael Moss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative journalist known for his provocative and award-winning exposés.  He won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat and the troubling holes in Federal food safety regulations.

In his newest book Salt Sugar Fat - How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Moss, through his extensive research and access to confidential information, reveals the processed food industry's powerful reach and their culpability in creating America's obesity epidemic. Dealing Coke to customers called "heavy users." Selling to teens in an attempt to hook them for life. Scientifically tweaking ratios of salt, sugar and fat to optimize consumer "bliss".  

In Salt Sugar Fat, Moss details how those three ingredients became key to the success of processed and packaged foods - and how they are fueling the nationwide obesity epidemic.

With his keen journalistic eye and academic acumen, Moss is a quick-thinking, riveting and compelling speaker who challenges his audiences to question the quality and future of their food and empowers them with knowledge.  Moss has appeared on Charlie Rose, The Daily Show and NPR's All Things Considered.  His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 Moss will be speaking at the Opening Plenary on June 18, 2013.

DAY 2 - Plenary Session

Speaker Panel: Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity

Behind the Scenes- How the Institute of Medicine is Working to Solve the Weight of the Nation.

This panel will provide a look back and look ahead at the contributions of the IOM's standing committee on childhood obesity to reducing the weight of the nation. A retrospective will review with broad strokes what was achieved in the committee's five years and how it was achieved. Examples of IOM guidance and specific policy tools will demonstrate the practical implementations of its work. Looking ahead, recommendations from two recent IOM committee reports; Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School and Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation will be highlighted. Information about how the committee is moving to a new phase, including stakeholder representation, will be discussed.

Bill PurcellBill Purcell has spent more than 30 years in law, public service, and higher education.  He served eight years as Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee (1999-2007).  Purcell was a Harvard University Institute of Politics Fellow in 2007. He then served as Founding and Interim Dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs at Tennessee State University before returning to the Institute of Politics as Director (2008 - 2010), and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Purcell was elected to five terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives (1986-96), serving as Majority Leader (1990-96). During his decade in the General Assembly he sponsored and passed legislation undertaking major reforms in Tennessee's schools, courtrooms, industrial plants and boardrooms, criminal and juvenile justice, hospitals, and voting booths. PPrior to thPrior to this, Purcell was elected to five terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives (1986-96), serving as Majority Leader (1990-96).   He sponsored and passed legislation undertaking major reforms in Tennessee's schools, courtrooms, industrial plants and boardrooms, criminal and juvenile justice, hospitals, and voting booths.

Gail Woodward-LopezGail Woodward-Lopez is Associate Director of the Atkins Center for Weight & Health at the University of California, Berkeley. The focus of her current work is the evaluation of school and community based programs to prevent childhood obesity. She has evaluated place-based obesity prevention initiatives and  lead various statewide and multi-state evaluations of school wellness-related legislation and  policy implementation. She has published several comprehensive literature reviews on the effectiveness of nutrition and physical activity interventions and recently served on the IOM Committee on Physical Activity and Physical education in the school environment. 


Eduardo SanchezEduardo Sanchez is serving as deputy chief medical officer for the American Heart Association – National Center (AHA). For five years prior to joining AHA, Sanchez served as vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). He previously served as the director of the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas School of Public Health and before that as commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006 and the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004. 

Sanchez currently chairs the Partnership for Prevention Board of Directors and the National Commission on Prevention Priorities.  He is serving on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity and has participated in related studies, workshops, and speaking opportunities. 

Lynn ParkerLynn Parker is a Scholar at the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and directs the IOM’s work on obesity prevention. Previously, she was the Director of Child Nutrition Programs and Nutrition Policy at the Food Research and Action Center, a national anti-hunger organization. She served as President of the Society for Nutrition Education and received APHA’s 2006 Mary C. Egan Award for Excellence in Nutrition Education. She received her B.A. in anthropology at the University of Michigan and an M.S. in human nutrition from Cornell University.


Day 3 - Closing Plenary Session

Keynote Speaker: Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and the renowned award-winning author of Food Politics and What to Eat, among others, will close the conference with an analysis of how to reverse obesity trends with environmental and policy changes to promote healthier diets and more physical activity among children and their families.  She will assess the forces that promote and counter such changes, and what food advocates can do to promote environmental approaches to obesity prevention.

Sharing her vast experience, Nestle will provide examples of how advocacy for policy changes can be linked to positive sustainable action.  She will emphasize the important role of health, education, and wellness professionals in advocating for a healthier food environment.  Her goal is to motivate and inspire conference participants to become agents of change and identify ways to become more involved and effective in pursuit of shared goals.

A consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author, and academic, Nestle specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on food safety, our environment, access to food and nutrition.  She blogs at and tweets @marionnestle. 
Nestle will be speaking at the Closing Plenary on June 20, 2013.