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Pediatric Obesity Section
November 2011
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Welcome to the Pediatric Obesity Section Newsletter!

Alison FieldGreetings from the TOS Pediatric Section!  We hope you enjoyed the Annual Meeting in Orlando and were able to attend our Section business meeting and luncheon.  Dr. Nancy Butte, recipient of the 2011 Bar-Or Award, gave an excellent talk entitled, "Energetics of Childhood Obesity".

The POS Council also wants to thank all of you who were able to complete the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) survey and submit proposal ideas for the 2012 Obesity Society meeting.  It's been a busy time! In case you missed those announcements, we've provided additional information for you in this newsletter and you can find them on the website as well at

The POS Council is also busy planning for the 2012 meeting.  We are starting new fundraising efforts to support travel fellowships and pilot studies. We are also expanding collaborations with other societies, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and hope to update you on our progress in the next newsletter.  

Lastly, we've included a few highlights on major initiatives that have recently been launched.

Happy Holidays!

--Alison Field, Chair
On behalf of the POS Leadership

The Obesity Society Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars!  

The next Obesity Society Annual Meeting will take place in San Antonio, TX from September 20-24, 2012.  

Thank you again to our Section members who submitted proposals for the 2012 Annual Meeting.  The POS Council is currently reviewing the proposals and we will notify you by November 23rd about next steps.  Remember, if you missed or couldn't make the POS deadline, you can still submit your proposals directly to TOS for review.  The TOS deadline is November 30th. The original announcement along with recommendations for developing proposal ideas can be found on our Section webpage  


Pediatric Section News

NEW! Systems-Oriented Pediatric Obesity Research and Training (SPORT) Center of Excellence
Congratulations to Dr. Youfa Wang (POS Council 10/10-10/12)! Dr. Wang recently received a U54 grant to establish a Center of Excellence for Systems-Oriented Pediatric Obesity Research and Training (SPORT), funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  This new center will utilize a transdisciplinary systems science framework, systems-based methodologies, and spatial analysis to study the complex etiology of childhood obesity and the impacts of environmental and policy interventions.  It will also establish an innovative infrastructure for related research and training, and support new pilot projects.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) Food, Activity, Sleep, Sun-Safety, and Tobacco Behaviors Survey

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is supporting the development of the FASST survey, a tool designed to assess correlates of obesogenic and cancer-preventive behaviors (mainly diet, activity, and sedentary behaviors) as well as other behaviors (e.g., sleep, sun safety, tobacco) among parent-adolescent dyads.  You can find out more about this new NCCOR project on their website:    




Share Your News and Ideas!

We always want to hear from you! Submit your significant pediatric news items and we'll add them to the POS webpage.  News items may include career awards, new centers, large projects, upcoming conferences, etc.   All items will be reviewed by POS Council prior to posting.  We also look forward to comments, suggestions and ideas for future topics for the next publication of the POS Newsletter. Please send these to Sadie Campbell at

Career Opportunities

The Pennsylvania State University is now accepting applications for Fall 2012 admission to the graduate program in Childhood Obesity Prevention Training (COPT).  For more information go to
Check out The Obesity Society Job Center

 (!  There are currently several open announcements related to pediatric obesity ranging from public health practitioner to postdoctoral and faculty positions.  You can search by location, job type or do keywords search for childhood obesity.

Pediatric Section Council Roster
We want to thank Dr. Nancy Sherwood (POS Council 10/09-10/11) for her service to the Council, and, again, welcome our newest members, Drs. Dana Rofey and Lori Francis.  

2011-2012 Pediatric Obesity Section Council Members:

Chair: Alison Field (10/11-10/12)
Vice Chair: Denise Wilfley (10/11-10/12)
Secretary/Treasurer: Dana Rofey (10/11-10/12)
Council: Youfa Wang (10/10-10/12)
Council: Kirsten Davison (10/10-10/12)
Council: Lori Francis (10/11-10/13)
Fellow:  Erin Hennessy (10/10-10/12)
Past Chair:  Ellen Demerath (10/10-10/11)
Council Liaison: Alison Field (10/11-10/12)


For questions about this communication or about The Obesity Society, please contact Sadie Campbell at: