MCH Nutrition

Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium Series:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium is divided into two series, which are intended for practitioners, family members, and researchers.  The current 2.0 series, begun in 2014 and planned through 2018, focuses on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of maternal and pediatric obesity.  The Spring 2014 Colloquium included presentations from national speakers on pediatric and maternal obesity, and the MCH Life Course.  Speaker presentations were complemented by a panel of practitioners and community members.  Each colloquium is archived and can be viewed via webcast.  Watch the Archived Webcasts from the Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium 2.0 series by clicking HERE.

The prior 1.0 series, offered from 2009-2013, focused on how nutrition, physical activity, and parenting play a role in promoting healthy weight gain in infants and healthy weight in children, adolescents, and adults.  The 1.0 series emphasized the Bright Futures developmental stages and the MCH Life Course Framework.  Topics covered in this series included:

  • Pediatric and maternal obesity and the MCH life course
  • MCH Life Course Framework
  • Bright Futures Developmental Stages of
    • Adolescents and Pregnancy
    • Middle Childhood
    • Early Childhood
    • Infancy
  • Overview of Bright Futures and Maternal and Child Health

For information about the Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium series, click HERE to visit our website,


Spring 2014 Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0:  Pediatric and Maternal Obesity, and the MCH Life Course

The Spring 2014 Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium focused on pediatric and maternal obesity, and the MCH life course.  National presentations were followed by a panel of practitioners and community members, addressing these issues from their perspectives and experiences.  Visit the Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium website for more information about this colloquium and the series overall and to view prior colloquia!

Presentation Titles and Speakers, Spring 2014

A Systems Approach to Childhood Obesity
Terry Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska

Maternal Obesity and Gestational Weight Gain
Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Using a Life Course Framework to Promote Healthy Weight
Donna Johnson, PhD, RD
Center for Public Health
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Panel Discussion
Perspectives of Practitioners and Community Members


The NAP SACC (Nutrition And Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care) intervention was designed for implementation through an existing infrastructure of public health professionals, typically registered nurses and health educators, trained as NAP SACC Consultants. NAP SACC’s goal is to promote healthy eating and physical activity in young children in child care and preschool settings. This presentation (in pdf format) is intended for a diverse audience and is useful for anyone working with children 5 years or under.  It contains suggestions for program changes in the areas of nutrition education and physical activity, and provides contacts for more information.

PDF:  NAP SACC_Diane Ward.pdf

Extending Bright Futures Through Physical Activity


University of Tennessee

Web Address:


Professional train-the-trainer resource focused on community-based planning. Format is pdf and on-line.

Reading Infant Cues – Early Steps to Lasting Health


Early Steps to Lasting Health: A Self-Study Curriculum on Infant Feeding and Assessment – Module 3: Reading Infant Cues


University of Tennessee

Web Address


This on-line module (pfd) resource provides content on infant feeding designed for WIC nutrition staff, including nutrition educators. Module 3 focuses on helping parents to understand that healthy infants are capable of self-regulating energy intake, as long as food providers are willing to watch for and respond to their hunger and satiety cues.

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