Obesity Challenges and Solutions

The United States has a “growing” problem—an ongoing obesity crisis in both the young and old. This session offered a unique multidisciplinary approach to the problems. Panelists explored elements of the policymaking process that led to obesity programs in various states. Speakers discussed educational reforms, transportation developments, land use changes and food industry initiatives.

September 19, 2013
 
The United States has a “growing” problem—an ongoing obesity crisis in both the young and old. This session offered a unique multidisciplinary approach to the problems. Panelists explored elements of the policymaking process that led to obesity programs in various states. Speakers discussed educational reforms, transportation developments, land use changes and food industry initiatives.
 
Presentation by Janet L. Collins, Ph.D., Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
 
 
Janet Collins, Ph.D.
In January 2010, Janet Collins, PhD, was named Associate Director for Program in the Office of the Director, CDC, where she contributes to CDC program strategy, performance measurement and evaluation. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) where she directed a diverse portfolio of programmatic and scientific initiatives in chronic disease prevention and control. Dr. Collins’ contributions as NCCDPHP Director include establishing the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and expanding the Center’s policy and community-based work on tobacco, nutrition, and obesity prevention and control.Dr. Collins earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from Stanford University.