"Science to Impact: The Breadth of Behavioral Medicine" Meeting Focuses on Childhood Obesity

Activities at the Society's 2007 annual meeting on childhood obesity and disparities

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) hosted its 28th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions—entitled "Science to Impact: The Breadth of Behavioral Medicine"—on March 21–24, 2007, in Washington.

SBM is a multidisciplinary organization "dedicated to promoting the study of the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and the application of that knowledge to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations," as stated in its mission statement.

Project staff designed the meeting to include a linked series of presentations, symposia, keynote lectures, roundtables and town hall events defining promising methods of preventing childhood obesity, research on how best to control childhood obesity and intervention strategies.

Key Results

  • The meeting brought together 1,410 researchers, policy-makers, funders and others from diverse fields to discuss and accelerate progress in childhood obesity prevention, research and interventions.

  • Symposium topics included:

    • Reducing Childhood Obesity in High Risk Populations: Science to Impact
    • Interactions among Biobehavioral, Social and Environmental Influences on Obesity: Implications for Population-level Interventions
    • Policy Research to Prevent Childhood Obesity: New Frontiers and Funding for Behavioral Medicine
  • Presentations delivered at the conference highlight the following research and practice priorities:

    • The need for policy and environmental approaches
    • The need to expand both the types of research and practice being conducted
    • The inclusion of biological and genetic research

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