What's working? Population-based Strategies for Obesity Prevention through Improving Healthy Eating and Active Living Opportunities for Georgians (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

13 Oct 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on January 28, 2014.

Training Overview

The epidemic of obesity is profound in our state and across the nation. Obesity is one of the Georgia Department of Public Health's top health priorities. This presentation will speak to obesity prevention strategies, best practices and related initiatives at both the national and state level. Data sources and programmatic resources will be presented at both levels as well. 

A group whose numbers of obese are rapidly increasing is our youth. Georgia's youth fitness and health data will be presented, and some of the state initiatives built around this alarming data will be promoted and discussed. Over the last few years, a combined effort between public and private organizations has led to some successful initiatives. The vital relationships that have been built across Georgia in pursuing and implementing so much of the obesity prevention work will be communicated, as well as Georgia's long term strategic goals and objectives around childhood obesity. 

Captain Heidi Michels Blanck, M.S., Ph.D., CDC’s Chief of the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity will present the national nutrition, physical activity, and obesity perspective (www.cdc.gov/obesity). Emily Anne Vall, M.A., Ph.D., Obesity Project Manager, Georgia Department of Public Health will present on Georgia's obesity initiatives.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact emoryphtc@emory.edu.

About the Trainer

Dr. Blanck oversees monitoring of state obesity prevalence and key behavioral, environmental and policy supports for healthy eating and active living. She leads work on applied research, and guidelines development including topics of BMI and behaviors. Her work focuses on population-level changes in environments and policies across multiple settings with attention to improving health equity. She received her PhD from Emory University where she serves as an Adjunct Professor.
Dr. Vall's areas of expertise include the Behavior Change Theory and Childhood Obesity. She currently manages the Governor’s SHAPE initiative under Commissioner Fitzgerald at the GA Department of Public Health. She provides leadership in the management and coordination of this statewide, multiagency, multidimensional initiative that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic, and business communities to address childhood obesity. Dr. Vall received her PhD from the University of South Carolina.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Select sources of public health data and information
  •  Use a variety of approaches to disseminate public health information
  • Apply knowledge towards the program planning process
  • Identify methods to ensure that public health initiatives/programs continue to achieve stated goals


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

What's working? Population-based Strategies for Obesity Prevention through Improving Healthy Eating and Active Living Opportunities for Georgians (On-demand webinar)
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