Racing Against Childhood Obesity

The first international conference focused totally on the topic of childhood obesity will be held at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Campus and Lowe’s Motor Speedway conducted this summer, July 28-30, 2009. International and national speakers will be presenting, in addition to schools, health organizations, etc., on the successes they have had in dealing with childhood obesity programs. The theme of the conference is Racing Against Childhood Obesity and is being sponsored by several organizations.


Tuesday, July 28th UNC Charlotte / Barnhardt Salons ABC

7:30am  Sign in for the Conference, Pick-up Conference Package  

(Package includes two books, selected articles, Speakers’ PowerPoint, Key Points, etc., Resource Guide and Conference Program) 

8:00-8:30  Continental Breakfast, Welcome to UNC Charlotte (Office of Academic Affairs) 

8:30- 9:15 General Session I: “Childhood Obesity: A Major Threat to North Carolina”  Dr. Barry Popkin, Professor, Department of Nutrition and Director of the UNC Interdisciplinary Obesity Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill 

9:15-10:45 General Session II: “IMPACT Childhood Obesity: Success in the Classroom.” Donald Schumacher, M.D., J. Allen Queen, Professor of Educational Leadership, Chris Lineberry, Arizona Principal and Doctoral Candidate, UNC Charlotte; Teams from Selective Schools  

10:45-11:45  Healthy Snacks Break and Free Time for Visiting Conference Exhibits      

11:45–12:45 Lunch (Luncheon Address) High School Senior, “How Losing 100 Pounds Changed My Life” 

12:45-1:15 General Session III: Paula Hudson Collins, Senior Policy Advisor, Healthy Responsible Students, NC State Board of Education “State of the State of North Carolina and Childhood Obesity” 

1:15-1:30 Stretch, Fun Exercise and Water Session – Dr. Allen Queen 

1:30-2:15 Dr. David Gardner & Dr. Rebecca Reeve: “Programs and Organizations Addressing Childhood Obesity in North Carolina” Division of Healthy Schools, NC Department of Public Instruction 

2:15: 2:55 Panel Presentation of Grants and Financial Assistance for Districts, Schools and Teachers Jennifer MacDougall and Associates, NC Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation 

2:55-3:00 Closing Remarks and Overview for Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Dr. Jim Edwards, Conference Coordinator 

Wednesday, July 29th Lowe's Motor Speedway

8:00-8:30 am Continental Breakfast and Welcome  

8:30-11:30 “Relaxation and Fun Activities”:  Healthy Food and Meals, “Laps Around the Race Track”, Professional Presentations in Karate,  Yoga, Tai Chi, etc., Free Chair Massage, Medical Screening Center, Major Exhibits, Prizes, Free Teaching Materials, etc. 

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch/ Luncheon Speaker: Mr. Chris Lineberry: “Toward Better Balance in Schools” 

12:45 – 1:30 General Session IV: Mini Symposium with Senator William Purcell and Representative Verla Insko, North Carolina Senate and House Chairs in Health and Human Resources Appropriations (Discussion with Dr. Donald  Schumacher, IMPACT) 

1:30 – 1:45 Stretch and Exercise Break, Fun Exercise and Water Break – Dr. J. Allen Queen 

1:45 – 2:45 Selected Vendor Presentations (Group 1, 2 and 3) 

2:45 – 3:00 Awards, Prizes and Remarks: Dr. Jim Edwards, Conference Director 

Thursday, July 30th UNC Charlotte / Barnhardt Salons ABC

8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast, Welcome to Day Three,   Dr. Dawson Hancock, Chair – Department of  Educational Leadership, UNC Charlotte 

8:30 – 10:00 General Session V:  John Foreyt  PhD Professor, Dept of  Medicine,. Director, Behavioral Medicine Research Center Baylor University College of Medicine. “Childhood Obesity and Successful School Programs in Houston Texas                                                                                                                

10:00 – 10:15 Healthy Snacks Break 

10:15 – 11:45 General Session VI: Robert Schwartz, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Section of  Pediatric Endocrinology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. “Role of the Teacher, Parent and the Unhealthy Weight Child” 

11:45-12:45 Lunch Childhood Obesity 

12:45-1:15 General Session VII:  Olson Huff MD, Pediatrician Chair –Fit Families North Carolina. Board of North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund “The Unhealthy Weight Student: What they think and how are they treated in society” 

1:15-1:30 Statements of Appreciation, Planning for Next Year’s Conference and Closing Remarks: Dr. Jim Watson, Former Superintendent and Current Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership, UNC Charlotte 


Conference Headquarters:

Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort & Spa

John Q. Hammons Drive, NW

Concord, NC  28027

We have arranged a special Conference Package Rate for all attendees of $132 single or double (Normal Meeting Rate is $189).  We will have a special code for this price so that anyone who calls in can get this rate. Please visit our website under Conference after March 10th to get the special code number and then contact Embassy Suites.

Package Includes:

• Suite Room – Single or Double Occupancy same price. Each room has two doubles or full AND a pullout sleeper sofa.

• Full Service Breakfast with Omelet Bar, Fresh Fruit, etc. (Normally $15 per person). The resort has won awards for their breakfast program.

• Manager’s Reception each evening (Normally $15 per person). Two free drinks of choice, includes wine, beer, liquor or a smoothie.

• Resort also has a beautiful golf course and first-class spa.

• Hertz Car Rental is located in hotel. They do not provide an airport shuttle.

• They also have full-service restaurants and a sports bar.

• There will be a shuttle to and from meeting sites.

Name Sales End Price Fee
Single Teacher   Ended $200 $5
Two Teachers   Ended $400 $9.95
Three Teachers   Ended $500 $9.95
Seven Teachers   Ended $1000 $9.95

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