Skip to main content

Heartland Childhood Obesity Summit

Factors of health: Addressing the systems influencing childhood obesity


June 27-28, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri


About the summit

The Heartland Childhood Obesity Summit : Factors of Health: Addressing the Systems Influencing Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity carries serious health and social consequences and continues to be a concerning and costly issue for families, communities, schools, as well as health care and social services providers. Over the last 30 years, obesity rates for preschool children have doubled, while tripling among school-aged children and adolescents. Overweight children are likely to become overweight adults that suffer serious health consequences.

Many issues contribute to and affect childhood obesity. Bringing together stakeholders across the Heartland's four states is an opportunity to assess the childhood obesity landscape and amplify best practices and efforts that address the factors of health that impact children's healthy lifestyles. Further, it is an opportunity for stakeholders to gain insights on how to take action to implement strategies that promote healthy eating and increased physical activity to prevent and reduce obesity in children.

Goals of the summit

Bring together regional stakeholders from diverse sectors to share knowledge and discuss the "Factors of Health" (i.e., socioeconomic factors, physical environment, health behaviors, and health care) that influence childhood obesity.

Amplify regional evidenced-based practices, community-based efforts, and policy strategies that address the "Factors of Health" in an effort to promote and sustain healthy lifestyles of the region's children.

Recognize opportunities to leverage systems of obesity to further programs and policies that aim to address the "Factors of Health" (i.e., socioeconomic factors, physical environment, health behaviors, and health care).


Community-based organizations, Community Health Centers, Health Departments , Early Childhood and After School Providers, Schools, Health Care Professionals, Food System Professionals, Parent and Youth-based Organizations, Parks and Recreation Planners and Providers, Policymakers, Public Health Professionals, Researchers and Academics