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Summit to Prevent Childhood Obesity - Speaker biographies

Cathy Breeden received her Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and holds master's degrees in nutrition and psychology. Cathy teaches at various universities and annually presents at over 30 national and state workshops for health professionals around the United States. A motivational speaker, known by many as “Aunt Cathy”, works with parents, medical professionals and children of all ages and stages to move them along toward health through excellent food and beverage choices, and supplementation when needed.

Plenary: Obesity Prevention Strategies: Eating Smart, Together

1. Identify nutrition related evidence based obesity prevention strategies for the life cycle including preconception,
prenatal, post-partum, and infancy, toddler and preschooler years.

2. State how inadequate intake of certain vitamins and minerals may increase risk of obesity.

3. Describe at least one way the participant will be able to reduce empty calorie intake.


Mark Fenton is the former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS. He's the author of numerous books, including the bestselling "Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness." He works with organizations and communities around the US to build environments, policies, and programs that help create places where more people can walk, bicycle and take mass transit. Mark developed the University of North Carolina's Safe Routes to School Clearinghouse, and facilitator for the walk-able community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Mark holds a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in engineering.

Key Note Presentation: Building Healthier Communities with Sticky Design: How a healthy built environment
creates healthy neighborhoods and communities.

1. Identify current physical activity recommendations and rates, and connection between physical inactivity and
chronic disease.

2. Recognize the obesity epidemic as twin epidemics of physical inactivity and poor nutrition, requiring community level intervention.

3. Understand a socio-ecological approach to population behavior change, and limitations of attempts at increasing physical activity based only on individual behavior modification.

4. Be able to describe the five key elements of the built environment that encourage routine physical activity and
healthy eating.

5. Recognize best-practice policy approaches for healthy community design such as updated zoning, complete
streets, transportation trail networks, and transportation demand management approaches such as Safe Routes
to School initiatives.


Gracie Cavnar - The Recipe4Success foundation enjoys a national reputation and respect. Gracie served as an advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama's Lets Move! Task Force and was asked to roll Recipe For Success tout nationally. A sub-component of Recipe for Success Foundation is the Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ program, which reaches out to US schools with an intensive "train the trainer" certification; curriculum support to connect children with healthy food. Gracie has had careers in architecture, hospitality, marketing and public relations. She also published a cookbook for children titled, "Eat it! Food Adventures with Marco Polo."

Key Note Presentation: Recipe4Success: Innovative programming for children’s nutrition education from “Seed to Plate”.

1. Discuss factors that are impacting both national and Montana’s childhood obesity rates in regards to the food
environment , including consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, meals away from home, processed foods,
increased portion sizes, relative costs of food, commercial advertising, increased screen-time and its effect of
food choices, tax subsidies.

2. Describe prevention strategies including policy, education and environmental approaches that can have a positive impact in childhood obesity prevention.

3. Identify resources, professional contacts and strategies to help with childhood obesity prevention efforts in the
home, school, workplace and community.


Darla Castelli obtained her master's degree from Northern Illinois University in exercise physiology and taught health and physical education before becoming a school administrator in Maine. Since 2002, when Darla earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, she has been investigating the effects of physical activity and witness on motor competency and cognitive health in children. Her research suggests that better physical fitness and more physical activity have a positive influence on cognitive processing, such as academic achievement and better decision making.

Plenary: Physical activity and nutrition: the link between academic achievements.
Single bouts of physical activity and regular engagement in physical activity, leading to aerobic fitness, are
associated with improved cognitive health and academic achievement. We should track the frequency and
intensity of physical activity engagement in children.

1. Since unhealthy body composition (e.g., body mass index above the 85th percentile, high levels of adipose tissue, elevated risk of inflammation) are negatively associated with cognitive performance, we should track BMI and council families on healthy eating and the benefits of regular physical activity engagement.

2. Physical activity opportunities should be infused across the school curriculum as a means of developing physical
literacy or the embodiment of healthy living.


Kelly Rice began her professional experience at the Missoula City-County Health Department, working in tobacco control and active living. Her research involves examining the link between physical activity and obesity in young children; the association between physical activity and nutrition -related policies and practices on health behaviors in preschool children in family child-care homes. Kelly has developed interventions that are feasible and sustainable. Her experience as a obesity prevention practitioner, combined with her research experience, provides Kelly with a unique perspective on promotion of activity by children. 

Plenary: Obesity Prevention in the Daycare Setting

1. Identify the factors determining and influencing childhood obesity.

2. Assess physical activity needs in preschool aged children.

3. Identify practical evidence-based strategies to reduce prevalence and incidence of obesity in preschool aged


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