Baseball has one. Rock and Roll has one. Heck, even New Jersey has one.
Now the organization Marketing Disease Prevention + Awareness (MDPA) is starting its own Hall of Fame, designed to honor marketing and public health professionals who have improved public awareness of childhood obesity. MDPA will officially induct the honorees at a special luncheon during its Conference on Communicating Childhood Obesity Prevention and Policy, scheduled for March 20 and 21 in Silver Spring, Md.
Inductees include Teresa Ambroz, health and wellness manager at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation; Vickie James, executive director of the Healthy Kids Challenge; Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Margaret LaBarbera, president of Nourish Interactive; and MeMe Roth, president and founder of National Action Against Obesity.
“The inductees were nominated by a large and diverse group of people and it is clear their contributions to fighting childhood obesity cannot be overstated,” says MDPA’s Scott Ehrlich.
“They are an asset to this important fight and it will be an honor to present them with this award.”
The conference is designed to bring together an eclectic mix of health industry officials and public health advocates to discuss ways to reverse childhood obesity, Ehrlich says. Attendees not only include folks from the academic sector, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, but also people representing the pharmaceutical, over-the-counter, medical device and diet and exercise industries.
Scheduled speakers include Dr. William Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Robert Post, deputy director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion; Dr. Jay Bernhardt, director of the Center for Digital Health & Wellness at the University of Florida; and Marlene B. Schwartz, deputy director of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.