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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will present the 11th Annual Diabetes and Childhood Obesity Conference, April 22-24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Montgomery. This year’s conference theme is “Strengthening Community Links to Address Diabetes and Obesity.”

Conference goals include increasing awareness of the growing problem of obesity and its relationship to diabetes in children and adults, and providing participants with current diabetes and obesity research as it relates to nutrition and physical activity.

The conference also will provide resources, data and tools for planning, implementing and evaluating interventions in communities; help identify partnerships within communities and links among existing programs; and assist with developing new programs to promote positive health behaviors related to diabetes and obesity.

The program is designed for individuals, social workers, registered dieticians and nutritionists, certified diabetes educators, community health education specialists, health policy makers, medical researchers, caregivers and other health professionals.

Speakers will include a variety of health professionals and specialists whose main focus is diabetes and obesity. The conference will begin on Sunday evening with a reception and guest speaker Dr. John Jernigan.

Monday activities begin at 8:30 a.m. Notable speakers scheduled for the day include keynote speaker – Judith Rodriguez, chairperson and professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Brooks College of Health, Jacksonville, Fla.; Mary Nordness and Arlene Murrell with the Southeast United Dairy Council; Dr. Maria Geisinger, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontology at the University of Alabama – Birmingham; and Dr. Ace Anglin,  Mulberry Foot Care, Montgomery.

Tuesday’s presentations will feature Dr. Thomas M. Miller, deputy director of Medical Affairs, Alabama Department of Public Health; Dr. Suresh T. Mathews, associate professor, Nutrition and Food Science, Auburn University; and Vetta L. Sanders Thompson, associate professor, Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis.

Hotel information, exhibit, sponsor, and participant registration forms at the conference website are available at

For more information, contact Patricia Golden at or 334-844-3683, or Stephanie Patterson at or 334-844-5523.


Katherine Hines

1/4/2013 12:27 PM
I was trying to find out information about the 12th annual conference you may be holding. I am from Columbus GA and have heard about the conference you all have in Montgomery. However, I have been unable to find out any information for 2013 conference opportunities. If you could tell me any information or where to find it that would be wonderful.
Thank you,
Katherine Hines, RD, LD, CDE